Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > News > Small but significant

March 29th, 2006

Small but significant

Abstract:
Ed Simpson, of the Electron Microscopy Group at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, has won a top prize for this image from the rarely-pictured world of nanotechnology - technology on an ultra-small scale.

(Ed.'s note, see the Small, Medium, or Large versions of Mr. Simpson's work. Copyright Ed Simpson.

And here is a bit more background on Mr. Simpson and his work:

The nanotubes were fabricated in the University of Cambridge Engineering department by Yasuhiko Hayashi, who grew them using a Cobalt-Palladium catalyst. This alloy remains present in the ends of the nanotubes, and is magnetic. The nanotubes you see here have a 70-100nm diameter. Characterisation of the magnetic properties was carried out by myself and Takeshi Kasama using Electron Holography, a TEM technique which records the phase of an electron wave. The phase, being affected by any magnetic field the electron passes through, therefore records any information on the magnetic properties on the sample under investigation. From this, the magnetic induction maps you see here can be generated. The colours represent the direction and intensity of the field, and the contours, the magnetic field lines. It is an entirely quantitative technique, so as well as these images of the field, the magnetic moment, for instance, can be deduced too.

Nanotubes such as these have many hi-tech applications, such as memory storage, or even spintronics.

Acknowledgements: Dr. Yasuhiko Hayashi, Dr. Takeshi Kasama and Dr. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski.

Simpson studied Physics as an undergraduate in Cambridge, and graduated in 2004 with a BA and an MSci in Natural Sciences. He has been a PhD student in the Electron Microscopy group for about a year and a half, studying nanoscale magnetic systems under the supervision of Dr. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski. He's a member of Fitzwilliam College, where he's also MCR President and a Senior Scholar.)

Source:
cambridge-news.co.uk

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related Links

UK Micro and Nanotechnology (MNT) Network

Related News Press

Nanotubes/Buckyballs/Fullerenes

Tunneling nanotubes between neurons enable the spread of Parkinson's disease via lysosomes August 24th, 2016

McMaster researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution August 18th, 2016

'Second skin' protects soldiers from biological and chemical agents August 5th, 2016

Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites: Method to reinforce these materials could help make airplane frames lighter, more damage-resistant August 4th, 2016

Announcements

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas: Greater control affords 'in-plane' transmission of waves at or near visible light August 27th, 2016

Forces of nature: Interview with microscopy innovators Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber August 26th, 2016

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films August 26th, 2016

Graphene under pressure August 26th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic