Tuesday, March 30, 2010
World's smallest superconductor developed: Sheet of four pairs of molecules less than one nanometer wide
World's smallest superconductor developed: Sheet of four pairs of molecules less than one nanometer wide: ", which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Hla's team examined synthesized molecules of a type of organic salt, (BETS)2-GaCl4, placed on a surface of silver. Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy, the scientists observed superconductivity in molecular chains of various lengths. For chains below 50 nanometers in length, superconductivity decreased as the chains became shorter. However, the researchers were still able to observe the phenomenon in chains as small as four pairs of molecules, or 3.5 nanometers in length."
Posted by Lee Nelson at 7:27 PM