The study of the performance of ultra-small structures, materials, and devices, usu. usually 0.1 to 100 nm; also, the study of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale. Nanoscience is sometimes used interchangably with Nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of matter on an atomic ...

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Perpetual motion machine of the second kind possible in nano technology?

First of all sorry for my English - it is not my native language. During my engineering studies at the university the thermodynamics professor told us that the "second law of thermodynamics is not ...
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Is light red shifted in optical tweezers?

This is a question I put to my supervisor during my PhD many years ago, and never really got a satisfactory answer to. In an optical tweezers, assume that a beam of light is used to move a glass ...
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Have they really photographed light behaving both as a particle and a wave?

I just came across this article where they are claiming that they have photographed light behaving both as a wave and a particle! The paper has been published in Nature Communications and I read the ...
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Nano-particle or Molecule?

What's the difference between something being labeled a "nano-particle" or it being called a "molecule"?
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How do High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT) work?

I am studying High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMT), but I simply cannot understand how they work in the way described by the references I've read on the Internet. This is what I understand so ...
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How to determine the (n,m) dimensions of a carbon nanotube?

I've been reading about nanotubes lately, and I keep seeing the $ (n,m) $ notation. How does this describe a nanotube's structure? How do I determine which is $n$ and which is $m$ ? I'm familiar with ...
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Clarification of Landauer approach

I am trying to understand the Landauer approach. Consider the setup: (left contact)-(conductor)-(right contact). For simplicity, the conductor is a 1d wire (the transverse part is not relevant for ...
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If you had two “perfectly” flat surfaces of the same material?

Let's say you had 2 nano-engineered surfaces of diamond which were as 'flat' as possible (of course considering the radii of each carbon atom in the lattice)... would there be any friction between ...
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Can there be a string so thin as to be invisible, but that can still support a visible weight?

A spider web thread is very thin, yet it can support a spider. Given that the human eye visual acuity is finite, are there materials, natural or man-made, sufficiently thin that a string made from ...
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Nanorobots. What stops us from producing them yet?

If we can already predicts accuratelly motion on molecular levels, what stops us from developing small robots to, for instance, navigate through our blood vessels looking for cancerous cells and ...
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Why are agglomerated gold nanoparticles black?

I put a drop of aqueous red colloidal gold on a glass. After the drop dried I saw that remaining nanoparticles were black instead of red. Why black? Does it mean that plasmon resonance is so strong ...
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Could a long carbon nanotube be broken by hand?

Assuming we could get a single nanotube a metre long, would it be possible to break it by hand or would it slice through just about everything including flesh and bone? Could we even grip it, or would ...
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Why can we quantize macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillator?

It is well known that we have got many kinds of quantized macro(meso)scopic harmonic oscillators or so in tiny mechanical systems. People are talking about cavity cooling and so on. However, it is ...
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Fourier transformation, electric field and magnetic field to have a shielding lattice against particles

With Fourier-Series Expansion, we can write a function as sum of many non-repating different frequncied different amplituded sine and cosine functions. Lets assume we know electric-field and magnetic-...
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Nanotube chiral angle as a function of $n$ and $m$

I'm looking into nanotubes and I thought I'd assure myself that the basic geometry equations are indeed correct. No problems for the radius, I quickly found the known formula: $$R = \sqrt{3(n^2+m^2+...
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Nanotechnologies: current problems and general limitations

I have some questions about Nanotechnologies. I'm not physicist and my knowledges about the topic are limited by the "Engines of Creation" book by Eric Drexler. So I think that my questions are ...
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How can you add an exactly one-atom-height layer upon your material?

So for example let's say I have a 2cm x 2cm x 2cm cube of gold powder. Now I want to add just another layer of 2cm x 2cm x 1 atom upon it. It's been a long time since I last read some physics but I ...
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What is the difference between agglomeration and aggregation of nanoparticles?

I've been working with colloidal nanoparticles. Most of papers are about nanoparticles' aggregation while most of people I know use the term "agglomeration". Reading wikipedia convinced me that both ...
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Can a single molecule have a state?

I was studying a book about thermodynamics of nanosystems and I got stuck with this question in my mind which I couldn't find an answer for. For instance, does a single water molecule have a state, ...
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Specific Heat of Nano Particles

Specific heat of nano particles is less than bulk specific heat of them. Why?
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Au, Ag nanoparticles plasmon peak position?

Is the interaction between metallic nanoparticles (~ 20 nm) and light in the UV-Vis-NIR range governed by Mie theory or by Rayleigh scattering theory? Where are the Au and Ag plasmonic peaks located? ...
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Layman's method to sharpen a wire (STM-tip)

We use a platinum-irididum wire to fabricate our STM tips. And by "fabricate" I mean to cut it with really sharp pliers or scissors. Sometimes we get good tips but most of the time they are not usable ...
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How are quantum potential wells fabricated?

Potential wells, such as infinite and finite potential well, have been the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks for tens of years. They started being only theoretical toy models but as ...
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How does flow rate affect plume dynamics and film properties in PLD?

So I use a home-built Pulsed Laser Deposition(PLD) system to deposit metal oxide thin films. I use a $ 248\ \mathrm{nm KrF}$ laser. I recently deposited two films under slightly different conditions. ...
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What happens to charge during laser ablation in water?

One of my friends from lab makes gold nanoparticles in the following manner: He puts a gold plate in water (without surfactants or other additives) He fires laser at the plate After 5 minutes ...
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What is the approximate electrical conductivity $\sigma$ of graphene in S/m or S/cm?

I am trying to find an approximate value of the electrical conductivity $\sigma$ of graphene in units of S/m or S/cm. This table on Wikipedia gives $\sigma$ values for a variety of materials (...
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Why is honeycomb lattice the ideal shape for solar cells?

Quoting this web site (which I haven't thoroughly verified for credibility yet): The material is graphene, also known as graphite, a naturally-occurring mineral that forms a one-atom-thick ...
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Having nano-scale holes in metal, possible today?

I am considering to design a gas filtering system that is based on the size of gas molecules. Basic idea is to flow mixed gas in a long pipe, and to allow CO2 to get of pipe through nano-size holes ...
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Nanotech - zero dimensional fullerene

Not really a physics junkie, and I think this is a chemistry question, but since there's no chemistry.stackexchange.com (yet) I think here is the best place. I was just reading up on nanotech and ...
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What is light localisation?

Reading about plasmonic nanoparticles I faced the term "localised light". How can one localise light? What are applications of it?
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Electric field inside a metal nanoparticle?

In localized surface plasmon resonance, the conduction electrons of a metal nanoparticle oscillate in tune with the frequency of the incident electromagnetic wave . The effect is dominated by ...
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Metallic and Semiconducting Nanotubes, symmetry discussion

I'm interested in band gaps of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs). I know that there are three kinds of SWNTs: Zigzag : $(n,0)$ Armchair : $(n,n)$ Chiral : $(n,m)$ Electical properties of ...
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One-dimensional (1D) CdSe nanostructures

I'm not a physicist, but I'm really interested in Nanotechnology. I've a question, and I hope that I can be provided by an answer. I was reading some articles about the one-dimensional CdSe ...
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What is surface plasmon of metal nanoparticles?

I really want to understand about the Surface Plasmon of metal nanoparticles, if anyone can explain it to me i'll be grateful. I have checked Wikipedia for it but didn't get anything clear.
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Ferrofluids and normal-field instability

Could someone explain whether the spikes and uneven surfaces you see in ferrofluids being attracted or repelled away away from (against gravity) the surface of ferrofluids would happen if the fields ...
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High Young's Modulus and Tensile Strength of Carbon Nanotubes

I was recently reading about Carbon Nanotubes having extremely high Young's moduli, as well as high Tensile Strength, making them very interesting fibers. However, when I read this I wondered what was ...
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Absorption/Extinction formula of nanoparticles

I know the absorption/extinction equations in nanoparticle physics should be: $$Q_{abs}=\frac{1}{2}\mathbf{Re}\int \mathbf{J}_{tot}\cdot\mathbf{E}_{tot}^\ast dV=\frac{\omega}{2}\mathbf{Im}(\epsilon)\...
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How to calculate radiative transition rate of exciton in a quantum dot with specific dimension?

I am writing rate equations for a nanophotonic system including three quantum dots. I need to calculate that radiative transition rates of exciton in ground state in those quantum dots. In the paper ...
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Quantum dots on the nuclear scale!

Quantum dots are quantum systems that are confined by definition on the nano scale. Why didn't people study similar systems on a much smaller scale, something as small as the dimension of the nucleus? ...
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What is the electrical conductivity (S/m) of a carbon nanotube?

I have been searching around for a while for this but I am having trouble finding any actual figures, all I can seem to find is that it is "very high". So I am wondering, does anyone have any figures ...
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Why is graphene stronger than graphite?

Why is graphene stronger than graphite when graphene is just a single layer while graphite is multiple layers of graphene? And can't we say that diamond and coal also consist of layers of graphene as ...
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Software for analysing SEM or TEM images

I am looking for a software to analyse SEM and TEM images of some PLD experiments because I want to characterize the samples, like calculate the concentration of nanoparticles, size, and do some ...
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Why are carbon nanotubes are so difficult to create?

I have heard that the future of the techonolgy are the carbon nanotubes due to their resistance and conductivity, but why are they so difficult to create?
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Dopant Charge Transfer and Fermi Level shift

When a system has a dopant, how much does the Fermi level shift? For example, say a finite concentration of substitutional dopants replace some bulk atoms, and each has one extra electron. Ignore any ...
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Quantization of momentum in nanotubes

I'm reading about carbon nanotubes and how the momentum (lets call it $k_x$) is quantized along the circumferential direction and not along the cylindrical (call this $k_y$). I can follow the maths ...
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Light bending surfaces and energy funneling properties

In the last year there has been fuzz regarding metamaterials studied for the purpose of cloaking, and it seem to me they are somewhat glorified 2D waveguides, but in any case it seems a reasonable ...
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Why the properties of a substance like color changes when we go into the nano scale?

I have heard that the physical as well as chemical properties of a substance changes when we go to the nano scale. For example, Gold is considered an inert material in that it doesn’t corrode or ...
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Smallest object resolvable by optical microscopy

I am wondering what is the smallest object you can resolve with an optical microscope. I am aware of the equation $\delta=\frac{\lambda}{2\textrm{NA}}$ that basically gives you the resolution. $\...
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How to calculate the differential scattering cross section?

I am doing some simulations with the Meep code to study some properties of a metal nanoparticle. The situation is this: an incident electromagnetic wave on a metal nanoparticle. By now I know how to ...
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Estimating the number of atom/nuclei in a single quantum dot

I often read in introductions about quantum dots that depending on the fabrication method, a single dot contains about 100 - 100000 atoms. Assuming a self-assembled dot of lens or pyramid (cone) ...