nanotechnology

Enabling Fabrication Beyond 7nm

How did we get from the Palm Pilots of the 90s to the ultra-powerful smart phones of today? In large part, because of scaling, where integrated circuits are made with smaller feature sizes fitting more and more circuit elements in the same area of silicon at each technology generation. This sets our expectations that in […]

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In Tune With the Heart of a Copper Atom

Our team at IBM Research developed a new technique to control the magnetism of a single copper atom, a technology that could one day allow individual atomic nuclei to store and process information. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, our team demonstrated that we can control the magnetism of a single […]

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Graphene Puts Nanomaterials In Their Place

Nanomaterials offer unique optical and electrical properties and bottom-up integration within industrial semiconductor manufacturing processes. However, they also present one of the most challenging research problems. In essence, semiconductor manufacturing today lacks methods for depositing nanomaterials at predefined chip locations without chemical contamination. We think that graphene, one of the thinnest, strongest, most flexible and most […]

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Recent papers detail carbon nanotube scalabilty, integration breakthroughs

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) appeal to the semiconductor industry because they’re superior electrical conductors compared to silicon with a mere 1 nanometer body thickness. So why don’t we have CNT chips in everything from mainframes to mobile devices, yet? Scalability of the transistor and large-scale integration are still big challenges. But two papers my colleagues and […]

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Big oil’s next gusher is at the nanoscale

Last year the world consumed almost 97 million barrels of oil per day. What if I told you that many more barrels still remain in those same wells? Deep inside the rock, 60 percent and more of a reservoir’s oil remains trapped in capillaries which are sometimes only tens to hundreds of nanometers wide (For […]

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Quantum Transport Goes Ballistic

Published today in the peer-reviewed journal Nano Letters, IBM scientists have shot an electron through an III-V semiconductor nanowire integrated on silicon for the first time. This achievement will form the basis for sophisticated quantum wire devices for future integrated circuits used in advanced powerful computational systems. IBM scientist and lead author on the paper Dr. Johannes […]

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IBM at SPIE: Seven Advancements for Beyond 7nm Chips

When we announced the industry’s first functional 7 nanometer node (7nm) test chips in 2015, with our GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung partners, we knew the process for the chips to reach “manufacturing maturity” – perhaps as early as next year, would be rapid. As that effort accelerates in the semiconductor industry, IBM continues to push the […]

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IBM Scientists Measure Heat-Transfer through Single Atoms

Published today, using a technique which looks like trampoline, IBM scientists have measured the thermal conductance of metallic quantum point contacts made of gold down to the single-atom level at room temperature for the first time. As everything scales to the nanoscale, heat – more precisely, the loss of it – becomes an issue in […]

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IBM 5 in 5: Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale

The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be cured or successfully managed. For example, breast cancer and prostate cancer detected and treated at stage one have five-year survival rates of nearly 100 percent. At stage four, this rate drops to around 26 percent for breast cancer and 28 percent for […]

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Fabrication method for artificial molecules wins best poster prize

Earlier this year, scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research – Zurich published a new method in Science Advances to fabricate artificial molecules out of different types of microspheres, small round particles with a diameter of 1 micrometer – roughly the size of bacteria. While tiny, the scientists believe that one day these microscopic objects […]

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Accelerating early disease detection with nanobiotechnology

Imagine this scenario:  Annual physical examinations are supplemented by an affordable home diagnostic chip, allowing you to regularly monitor your baseline health with just a simple urine sample. Though outwardly you appear to be in good health, the device reveals a fluctuation in your biomarker profile, indicating the possible emergence of early stage cancer development […]

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Materials scientists teach nanowires how to ‘dance’

The ultra-high vacuum electron microscope tucked away in a lab down a nondescript aisle on the ground floor of the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center (itself tucked away in the woods of Westchester County, NY) holds many clues that help scientists unlock the physics that takes place at nanoscale dimensions. Understanding how materials behave […]

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