NEMS articles from across Nature Portfolio

NEMS, or nanoelectromechanical systems, are devices in which the physical motion of a nanometre-scale structure is controlled by an electronic circuit, or vice versa. NEMS make particularly sensitive sensors, of chemicals and acceleration, for example. NEMS also offer the possibility of observing quantum effects in systems much larger than few-atom ensembles.

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  • News & Views |

    Quantum mechanical fluctuations of the electromagnetic field in a vacuum between two close together objects result in an attractive force. Now, it has been experimentally shown that by exploiting a similar repulsive interaction, attraction between objects can be modulated simply by tuning temperature.

    • Victoria Esteso Carrizo
    Nature Physics 19, 161-162
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    | Open Access

    Graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials have remained an active field of research in science and engineering for over fifteen years. Here, the authors investigate why the transition from laboratories to fabrication plants appears to lag behind expectations, and summarize the main challenges and opportunities that have thus far prevented the commercialisation of these materials.

    • Max C. Lemme
    • , Deji Akinwande
    •  & Christoph Stampfer
  • News & Views |

    Electrons driven through a suspended carbon nanotube by a constant bias excite mechanical vibrations — including self-sustaining oscillations — and, in some cases, even suppress them down to only a few quanta.

    • Martino Poggio
    •  & Nicola Rossi
    Nature Physics 16, 10-11