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Working out a timescale for quantum operations

One of the issues affecting quantum systems is coherence. Understanding coherence and how it breaks down (decoherence) is one of the keys to putting together a powerful quantum computer. And, because wires made from metal ...

Jun 17, 2009 feature
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Engineering Carbon for Impressive Hydrogen Storage

(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Missouri researchers recently showed how carbon nanostructures can be engineered to become excellent media for hydrogen storage, work that may be important for the advancement of hydrogen-energy ...

May 22, 2009 feature
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Carbon Nanotubes Toughen a Common Plastic

(PhysOrg.com) -- A research group from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has discovered that adding carbon nanotubes to a widely used commercial plastic can greatly strengthen it. Their work is one ...

Apr 07, 2009 feature
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Will carbon nanotubes replace indium tin oxide?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Up until now, George Grüner tells PhysOrg.com, most of the studies regarding the properties - and uses - of carbon nanotubes have been restricted to the visible spectral range. “We, however, were intere ...

Mar 09, 2009 feature
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Nanochemistry in Action

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) as a test tube, scientists can explore chemistry at the nanoscale, which involves some unique effects. Nanotubes provide a confined, one-dimensional ...

Mar 06, 2009 feature
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Scientists Create Light-Bending Nanoparticles

(PhysOrg.com) -- Metallic nanoparticles and other structures can manipulate light in ways that are not possible with conventional optical materials. In a recent example of this, Rice University researchers ...

Mar 03, 2009 feature
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Scientists See Smallest-Ever Square Nanotube

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have observed the smallest reported nanotube that has a square cross-section. The structure formed spontaneously and unexpectedly when silver nanowires were stretched and is a reminder ...

Feb 20, 2009 feature
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Nanocomposite material provides photonic switching

(PhysOrg.com) -- Integrated photonic devices represent the wave of future technology. These devices will be extremely small, making use of photons on the nanoscale, and (hopefully) be very efficient in terms of power use. ...

Feb 09, 2009 feature
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