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Transistor built from a single atom

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by SaltwaterServr, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    http://www.tgdaily.com/trendwatch-features/61557-perfect-transistor-built-from-a-single-atom

    Physicists have created a working transistor using only a single phosphorus atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal.

    The development could mark a big step towards quantum computing. While single-atom transistors have been produced before, it's been by chance, with researchers either searching through many devices or tuning multi-atom devices to isolate one that works....
     
  2. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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    Quantum computing? Does that make anyone else nervous? LOL
     
  3. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    Not Ziggy.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    I looked up quantum computer on wikipedia. My head is swimming.:eek::
     
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Beat me to the Quantum Leap reference :laugh1:
     
  6. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    ....and here I am just learning how to use a calculator.
     
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Too you the pop top can is state of the art :laugh1:
     
  8. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    Not a fan of the pop top. The top needs to be placed right back in the PBR so on occasion, you can swallow it.

    Ah...the old days.
     
  9. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    My company has been working with atomic computing for years. R&D phase, of course. At it's basest form, you can create a binary code by positioning the electron in polar directions... for example, up is 0, down is 1. pretty cool stuff.
     
  10. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    I dare anyone to master the TI-89 Platinum.

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    I gave mine to a friend's daughter who's a math major at Iowa State. She's taking Differential Equations her second semester. That calculator is a monster. Some of the HP engineering models are off the chain.
     
  11. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    Just looking at it gives me a headache. :eek:
     

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