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Single carbon nanotube Radio

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We have constructed a fully functional, fully integrated radio receiver, orders-of-magnitude smaller than any previous radio, from a single carbon nanotube. The single nanotube serves, at once, as all major components of a radio: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. Moreover, the antenna and tuner are implemented in a radically different manner than traditionalradios, receiving signals via high frequency mechanicalvibrations of the nanotube rather than through traditional electrical means. We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Laylaby Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations. The nanotuberadio’s extremely small size could enable radical new applications such as radio controlled devices small enough to exist in the human bloodstream, or simply smaller, cheaper, and more efficient wireless devices such as cellular phones.

http://www.physics.berkeley.edu/research/zettl/projects/nanoradio/radio.html

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March 19, 2009 at 4:27 am

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