The Quantum Nature of Nanoscience

Authored by: Marvin L. Cohen

1 Handbook of Nanophysics

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

Print ISBN: 9781420075403
eBook ISBN: 9781420075410
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075410-3

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Abstract

Although research on nanoscale-sized objects has been ongoing for a century or more, over the last few decades, there has been a collective effort in bringing together researchers to this area from different disciplines to form a new discipline “nanoscience” that focuses on the properties of nanostructures (Saito and Zettl 2008). The extension to nonstructures from studies of molecules and clusters is natural. There are also other conceptual paths from studies of periodic systems, which allow the application of concepts and experimental techniques originally designed for macroscopic solids (Cohen 2005). As a result, scientists and engineers have found common ground in the field of nanoscience. The physical, chemical, computational, and biological sciences have overlapping interests associated with the nanoscale and its associated energy scale. The same holds true for electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering fields.

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