The New York Times’ John Markoff reports on the research of a group of physicists at Purdue University and the University of New South Wales who have successfully created a transistor from a single atom of phosphorus embedded in a substrate of silicon.
Markoff, John. (2012, February 19). “Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom.” New York Times Online. Accessed via http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/science/physicists-create-a-working-transistor-from-a-single-atom.html
This research points the way to smaller and smaller computers that perform more powerful calculations than ever before. This research was recently published in Nature Nanotechnology: Lansbergen, Gabriel P. (2012). “Transistors arrive at the atomic limit. [News & Views]” Nature Nanotechnology (2012, February 19). Advance Online Publication. (Not sure if this link will stay open access. We do not subscribe to this journal at WMU, unfortunately. However, I was able to access this article.
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