Scientists Create A One-Atom Transistor

Monday Feb 20th 2012 by Datamation.com Staff
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The engineering feat could provide the basis for quantum computing.

Forbes: Physicists from the University of New South Wales have accomplished an incredible feat of engineering: they created a working transistor from a single atom of the phosphorous-31 isotope. Even more amazing, the scientists were able to position the transistor exactly where they needed it to be--within 10 nm.

Scientists say that one-atom transistors like these could eventually form the foundation for quantum computers.

The team of researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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