Mar
11
2007

Graphene used in tiniest transistor

Graphene transistor tiniest ever

Graphene from graphite: Graphene is one layer of carbon atoms linked chickenwire-like within graphite. Mattman723 / CC BY-SA 2.5
Graphene from graphite: Graphene is one layer of carbon atoms linked chickenwire-like within graphite. Mattman723 / CC BY-SA 2.5
Only one atom thick and less than 50 atoms wide, these "nano" transistors are the smallest in the world. Graphene transistors originally produced at the end of 2004 were very “leaky”. Transistors are like a valves, controlling the flow of an electric current. If they cannot be totally turned off, the leakage results in drained batteries.

Leakage problem solved

Now the Manchester team has found an elegant way around the problem and made graphene-based transistors suitable for use in future computer chips.

Graphene remains highly stable and conductive even when it is cut into strips of only a few nanometres wide.
All other known materials - including silicon - oxidise, decompose and become unstable at sizes tens times larger.
Professor Geim does not expect that graphene-based circuits will come of age before 2025. DailyTech

Professor Andre Geim and Dr Kostya Novoselov from The School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester reveal details of these transistors, in the March issue of Nature Materials.

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ELYSE says:

I THINK IT IS A GOOD SOLUTION TO USE THIS.

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:14pm

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