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Word of the Day: carbon nanotube



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is carbon nanotube  (CNT),  a hollow, cylindrical carbon structure with hexagonal graphite molecules attached at the edges. Nanotubes, which are grown in a laboratory, are strong and exhibit many thermal and electrical properties that are desirable to chip makers. Carbon nanotubes have the potential to be used as semiconductors, for example, potentially replacing silicon in a wide variety of computing devices.

Related Terms

graphene
graphene transistor
silicon
semiconductor
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nanotechnology

Overheard

Carbon Nanotube Valley just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But if scientists at Stanford University have their way, computing’s most iconic element – and the Valley’s namesake – could be going the way of the vacuum tubes that came before it.” — Nick Mokey

Quiz Yourself

Miniaturization has been a driving force in the semiconductor industry. What “law” states that the number of transistors per square inch has doubled every 18 months?
Answer

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