A cool study showing a nanoscale view of quantum mechanics that may stop our electronic gadgets from overheating and failing. Thanks, Rich Pollett !
Originally shared by Rich Pollett
Staying cool in the nanoelectric universe by getting hot
Nanoconductors squeeze an electrical current into a narrow channel, increasing the amount of heat circulating through a microchip’s nanotransistor.
Research hints that nanodevices in microcircuits can protect themselves from heat generation; could boost computing power without large-scale changes to electronics. A University at Buffalo study hints that, to make laptops and other portable electronic devices more robust, more heat might be the answer. Here, nanoconductors squeeze an electrical current into a narrow channel, increasing the amount of heat circulating through a microchip’s nanotransistor.
The paper, “Formation of a protected sub-band for conduction in quantum point contacts under extreme biasing,” was published Jan. 19 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2013.297.html
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Image Credit: Jon Bird and Jong Han.