Researchers at Tel Aviv University have created an ultra-thin piece of technology only two atoms thick. The result of a multi-disciplinary effort from TAU’s Raymond and Beverly Sackler schools of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry, the findings of the study were published in Science magazine. The breakthrough could “significantly boost the speed and efficiency of electronic devices, while also cutting down on energy consumption.”
Quote: “But this breakthrough isn’t just defined by its size. Rather, it also possesses useful utility. Essentially, the technology works by using quantum-mechanical electron tunneling, which allows information to travel through the thin film. Right now, state-of-the-art devices have tiny crystals with a million atoms (one hundred atoms in height, width and thickness). Essentially, this means a million of these tiny divides could fit into the area of a coin, each device switching over a million times per second.”
Sources: The Jerusalem Post (introduction and quotation)
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