Researchers have created silicon wire four atoms wide and one atom tall capable of carrying equivalent current to copper wires 20 times as thick (Image: University of New South Wales)
Silicon wires created by the team are 10,000 times narrower than a human hair (Image: University of New South Wales)
The world's narrowest silicon wires with a cross section of a mere four atoms by one atom have been created by a team of developers from the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne and Purdue University. The wires are fully functioning, with current-carrying capacity equivalent to that of a microprocessor's copper cable, despite being 20 times thinner - and 10,000 times narrower than a human hair.
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