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By Alain Nouailhat

This booklet recollects the fundamentals required for an realizing of the nanoworld (quantum physics, molecular biology, micro and nanoelectronics) and provides examples of functions in numerous fields: fabrics, power, units, info administration and existence sciences. it's in actual fact proven how the nanoworld is on the crossing element of information and innovation.Written by way of knowledgeable who spent a wide a part of his expert lifestyles within the box, the name additionally supplies a basic perception into the evolution of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. The reader is therefore supplied with an advent to this complicated zone with various “tracks” for additional own comprehension and mirrored image. This guided and illustrated journey additionally finds the significance of the nanoworld in daily life.

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All the electrons are so tightly packed together that the luminous photons do not have enough energy to unlock them and the light travels through the solid body without being absorbed, as in the Some Science to Get You Started 37 case of glass (silicon oxide) or diamonds (covalent crystal of carbon). On the other hand, metal is a conducting material. Its properties can be described in a relatively simple way by considering it as a “box” with free electrons. This “box” is made up of atoms of ionized metal that are positively charged.

Two key points Miniaturization This process makes it possible to see, work on and manufacture ever smaller objects. In order to do so, increasingly sophisticated technology is required. Complexity The integration of ever smaller objects, coupled with a rise in their number, leads to the emergence of new implementations. The appearance of algorithms, with sometimes unpredictable results, brings objects that have been inspired by human genius closer together with objects found in the biological world.

Quantum physics also describes an extraordinary world with entirely new properties that are difficult to imagine, but which give us a better understanding of chemistry, transistors and lasers. 2. 1. Wave-corpuscle duality Particles can behave like waves. This property, particularly for electrons, is used in different investigative instruments in the atomic scale: – The scanning-tunneling microscope, which lets us look at atoms on the surface of a lattice, uses an effect of quantum physics, the tunneling effect, which allows particles to pass through a barrier.

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