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October 8th, 2009

Silicon Has Metal-Like Behavior at Nanoscale

Abstract:
Silicon is the most widely used material in the semiconductor industry today, and experts have often said that the chemical is just as brittle as glass, and that it breaks easily. Apparently, that is entirely true, but only at the macroscale. As soon as researchers took the idea down to a smaller level - the nanoscale -, cracks began to appear in the theory. It immediately became obvious that, when pressure was applied to silicon nano-pillars, they did not break, but rather deformed in very much the same way metal did when pressured. This new-found knowledge may benefit industry partners considerably, AlphaGalileo reports.

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