Nanotechnology: Size-specific Cracking Shakes

Friday, August 1, 2008 - 15:14 in Physics & Chemistry

Certain sizes of nanostructures may be more susceptible to failure by fracture than others. As the size of a structure gets to the nanoscale, atomic vibrations (also known as phonons) begin to feel its size and shape in an effect called phonon confinement.

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