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Tomorrow's nanoscientist will have a truly interdisciplinary and nano-centric education, rather than, for example, a degree in chemistry with a specialization in nanoscience. For this to happen, the field needs a truly focused and dedicated textbook. This slidecast describes such a landmark textbook. Introduction to Nanoscience introduces the nanoscale along with the societal impacts of nanoscience, then presents an overview of characterization and fabrication methods. The authors systematically discuss the chemistry, physics, and biology aspects of nanoscience, providing a complete picture of the challenges, opportunities, and inspirations posed by each facet before giving a brief glimpse at nanoscience in action: nanotechnology.
Numerical simulation results are presented which suggest that a class of non-adiabatic rapid passage sweeps known as twisted rapid passage should be capable of implementing a universal set of quantum gates that operate with high fidelity. The universal set consists of the Hadamard and NOT gates, together with variants of the phase, pi/8, and controlled-phase gates. The simulations suggest that the universal set of gates produced by twisted rapid passage shows promise as possible elements of a fault-tolerant scheme for quantum computing.
Approx. 16:30 mins
One revolutionary, and controversial, prediction of early nanotechnology research was the mechanical manipulation of atomic and molecular feedstocks, or mechanosynthesis. With laboratories now demonstrating atomic manipulation within covalent frameworks, computational chemistry is being employed for its predictive power in proposing and analyzing organic molecular frameworks capable of single-atom control and transfer. This slidecast on single atom manipulation and the chemistry of mechanosynthesis is presented by Dr. Damian Allis, Syracuse University and Nanorex Inc.
13:10 mins approx
Nanotechnology promises to be the next great human technological revolution, but such change often comes at the price of unforeseen consequences. Deb Bennett-Woods, Ph.D., Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions of Regis University, provides a framework for deciding how to best take advantage of nanotechnology opportunities while minimizing potential negative effects.
Sergey E. Lyshevski (Rochester Institute of Technology) discusses the core science and future trends in molecular electronics (or nanoscale electronics). His discussion also includes a look at prospects for how this emerging field will help engineers devise and implement novel high-performance devices at the atomic and molecular levels, as well as help to improve yields for electronics fabrication.
10.20 mins. approx
Dr. Supriyo Bandyopadhyay discusses how spintronics can push the limits now facing conventional electronics, outlines how spintronics work, and shares how early spintronics are now in laptops and the Apple iPod. He also previews his "Introduction to Spintronics."
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