Nanowires

Definition

Nanowires are structures with a width and depth of a few nanometres or less, but a much longer length. Electrons in these materials are free to travel along the wire, but their motion in the other two directions is governed by quantum mechanics, radically altering the properties of the material.

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News and Comment

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    Single-crystalline layered perovskite nanowires, which have a high resistance in their interior but a high photoconductivity at their edges, can be used to create sensitive photodetectors.

    • F. Pelayo García de Arquer
    •  & Edward H. Sargent
    Nature Electronics 1, 380–381
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    Light-responsive silicon nanowires modulate neuron activity in a non-invasive manner.

    • Guglielmo Lanzani
    Nature Nanotechnology 13, 181–182
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    Irradiating arrays of metal nanowires with intense femtosecond laser pulses produces high-brightness picosecond X-ray pulses. By specifically tailoring the plasma properties, up to 20% conversion efficiency of optical light into X-rays can be achieved.

    • Daniel Rolles
    Nature Photonics 12, 62–63
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    DNA double helical structures are supramolecular assemblies that are typically held together by classical Watson–Crick pairing. Now, nucleotide chelation of silver ions supports an extended silver–DNA hybrid duplex featuring an uninterrupted silver array.

    • Pascal Auffinger
    •  & Eric Ennifar
    Nature Chemistry 9, 932–934