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Nanometric Current Flow Understanding 'could Increase Semiconductor Density'

A greater density of semiconductors could be placed into integrated circuits if a wider knowledge of current at a nanometric scale is discovered.
A deeper understanding of the current flow at a nanometric scale is central to the development of modern molecular nanoelectronics, it has been asserted.

The advance of miniaturisation of electronics has supported the manufacture of integrated circuits containing a greater density of semiconductors, allowing technology such as mobile telephones and handets to become smaller and more efficient, Basque Research - the resource for scientific and technological research carried out in the Basque Country - noted.

It is important, however, to comprehend how current will flow in future devices made up of many molecules, the publication said. It drew on previous research by Thomas Frederiksen, postdoctorate researcher at the University of the Basque Country, who discovered the exact characterisation of the electric current between two molecules.

Research into the molecules known as C60 discovered that electric current does not flow well between two touching C60 molecules because the conductance of the pair is less than that of a single molecule by a factor of 100.

Basque Research was launched by the Elhuyar Foundation, with support from the 2001-2004 Basque Government Science and Technology Plan.ADNFCR-2855-ID-19453805-ADNFCR
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