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June 20th, 2006

Single-electron counter breaks new record

Abstract:
Physicists in Japan have made a device that can detect individual electrons that are flowing either forwards or backwards. The device - the most sensitive ammeter to date - allows currents to be measured in the attoampere range for the first time. Dubbed a bi-directional single-electron ammeter, the device could be used for a wide variety of applications, including nanoelectronics, calibration devices, quantum computation and biology.

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