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In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman presented an
amazing talk entitled There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, in which he proposed making very small circuits out of molecules. More than forty years later, people are starting to realize his vision. Thanks to Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) probes and "self-assembly" fabrication techniques, it is now possible to connect electrodes to a molecule and measure its conductance. In 2004, Mark Hersam et al. reported the first experimental measurement of a molecular resonant tunneling device on silicon. This new field of Molecular
Electronics may someday provide the means to miniaturize circuits beyond the limits of silicon, keeping Moore's Law in force for many years to come.
Learn more about molecular electronics from the resources on this site, listed below. More information on Molecular electronics can be found here.
Molecular Workbench: An Interface to the Molecular World
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25 Jun 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Charles Xie
The Molecular Workbench software is a free, open-source modeling and authoring program specifically designed for use in science education. Powered by a set of real-time molecular simulation engines that compute and visualize the motion of particles interacting through force fields, in both 2D...
A MATLAB code for Hartree Fock calculation of H-H ground state bondlength and energy using STO-4G
08 Aug 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Amritanshu Palaria
Hartree Fock (HF) theory is one of the basic theories underlying the current understanding of the electronic structure of materials. It is a simple non-relativistic treatment of many electron system that accounts for the antisymmetric (fermion) nature of electronic wavefunction but does not...
MATLAB Scripts for "Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor"
15 Mar 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Supriyo Datta
Tinker with quantum transport models! Download the MATLAB scripts used to demonstrate the physics described in Supriyo Datta's book Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor. These simple models are less than a page of code, and yet they reproduce much of the fundamental physics observed in...