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Condensed Matter Physicists Shrink Their Horizons

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Science  09 Apr 1993:
Vol. 260, Issue 5105, pp. 164-165
DOI: 10.1126/science.260.5105.164


In the world of the condensed matter physicist, a micron is a chasm and a millimeter an ocean. At the March American Physical Society meeting in Seattle, some of the 4500 physicists probed the hazards of the micro world, where weird quantum effects can scramble information. Others outlined its opportunities: Molecular engineering that is leading to new information storage materials, and minute structures that could form tethers and containers in some future nanotechnology.