Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Speaker: Paul L. McEuen, Cornell University

Title:  Small Machines

Refreshments available at 3:45 pm.

Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
Type: Seminar
Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.

Fifty years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning physic­ist Richard Feynman claimed that a revolu­tion was under­way where infor­mation, compu­ters, and machines would be shrunk to impos­sibly small dimen­sions. His­tory has proven him most­ly right: Moore's law has brought Feyn­man's dreams to frui­tion in the realms of data and compu­ting, giving us cell phones, the inter­net, and arti­ficial intelli­gence. But the third leg of Feyn­man's dream, the minia­turiza­tion of machines, is only just get­ting under­way. Can we create func­tional, intel­ligent machines at the small­est scales? And if so, how? In this talk, I’ll take a look at some of the approaches being ex­plored, includ­ing our group's forays into combin­ing elec­tronics, paper arts, and func­tional 2D materi­als to create a new genera­tion of smart, active micro­machines.