The interactions of xenon atoms with a nanoelectromechanical system have now been measured to characterize the statistical noise caused by atomic fluctuations.
Nanofabrication methods were used to observe a rare state of matter known as a ‘half-quantum vortex’, which may bring a solution to the decoherence hurdle to quantum computing.
An energy cell containing a lead zirconate titanate cantilever coated with a carbon nanotube film uses nanotechnology to produce electricity from scavenged light and thermal energy.
IEEE Spectrum: Radios With Micromachined Resonators. It’s likely that better mechanical components, and the cognitive-radio techniques they enable, will usher in the next wave of mobile telephony by [...]
One of the major problems for micromachines, much less nanomachines, is wear. The phenomenon of stiction combines the two worst aspects of surface-to-surface interaction -- a high coefficient of friction [...]
A newly discovered repulsive quantum mechanical force could be useful for nanotech applications by enabling a type of quantum levitation.
Swedish scientists have developed a computer program to calculate Casimir forces between various types of nanostructured materials, which may help to determine whether significant friction problems exist in specific designs.