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Computational Nanomechanics

Authored by: Wing Kam Liu , Eduard G. Karpov , Yaling Liu

1 Handbook of Nanophysics

Print publication date:  September  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075403
eBook ISBN: 9781420075410
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075410-27

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Abstract

Over the past three decades, we have acquired new tools and techniques to synthesize nanoscale objects and to learn their many incredible properties. The high-resolution electron microscopes that are available today allow the visualization of single atoms; furthermore, the manipulation of these individual atoms is possible using scanning probe techniques. Advanced materials synthesis provides the technology to tailor-design systems from as small as molecules to structures as large as the fuselage of a plane. We now have the technology to detect single molecules, bacteria, or virus particles. We can make protective coatings more wear-resistant than diamond and fabricate alloys and composites stronger than ever before.

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