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20 Feb 2012   #11
CreepinJesus

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
hmm, cynical mickey says you can't make anything out of just one atom - one phosphorus atom on its own can't do very much.

i would say that maybe the transistor includes one atom of phosphorus - it doesn't comprise of one atom and that's it.
You're right (I thought the same). From the article, "...from a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal." So something like the post above...


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20 Feb 2012   #12
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NecroticisM666 View Post
Nanotechnology is inevitable...
It's already arrived if my pocket money is anything to go by. If it gets any smaller, I'll need a Large Hadron Collider to see it!
ha, ha..

- I feel your pain..
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20 Feb 2012   #13
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
In that case ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
In the original article it says the transistor can output multiple values, so it's for more then a simple binary switch, in effect making it, for want of a better metaphor, a multi-dimensional variable switch. This is what's so fascinating about it besides the nano-structure...

However it's probably twenty years away...
I've only read the Yahoo report.

In that case, maybe what my friend suggested is correct.
Perhaps it is something to do with the valence states of the Phosphorus atom (+1, +3, +5).
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For example, phosphorus often has a valence of three, but can also have other valences.
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valence_(chemistry)#Common_valences
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20 Feb 2012   #14
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
A working transistor on a single atom:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/sc...m.html?_r=1&hp
And a big honking tunneling electron microscope to place it!
The transistor consists of the surrounding substrate as well.
Still, pretty cool.
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