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Blocking infinity in a topological insulator

(Phys.org)—In bulk, topological insulators (TIs) are good insulators, but on their surface they act as metals, with a twist: the spin and direction of electrons moving across the surface of a TI are locked together. TIs ...

dateFeb 08, 2013 in Nanomaterials
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Using single quantum dots to probe nanowires

Modern telecommunications happens because of fast electrons and fast photons. Can it get better? Can Moore's law—the doubling of computing power ever 18 months or so—be sustained? Can the compactness (nm-scale components) ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Nanophysics
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DNA prefers to dive head first into nanopores

(Phys.org)—In the 1960s, Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes postulated that someday researchers could test his theories of polymer networks by observing single molecules. Researchers at Brown observed single molecules ...

dateJan 08, 2013 in Bio & Medicine
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