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Nanoelectronics Days Will Start on 13 May

[8. Mai 2008]

Jülich, 8 May 2008 - Nanoelectronics characterises our times like hardly any other technology. Whether in mobile phones, digital cameras or computers – tiny transistors and chips on semiconductor crystals build the basis for our modern everyday life. Current research findings in nanoelectronics and new strategies for applications are at the heart of the specialist meeting which will take place from 13 to 15 May in Aachen. 160 researchers from science and industry have registered for the "Nanoelectronics Days" organised by the JARA-FIT Section of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), a cooperation between Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University.

"The miniaturisation of electronic devices is a major technical revolution of the past decades. Today, most products depend on additional electronic intelligence. The competition for permanently further reducing the size of devices to their ultimate limits is well underway," explains Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt, member of the Board of Directors for the area of Key Technologies and Structure of Matter at Forschungszentrum Jülich, who will open the meeting on Tuesday together with Professor Burkhard Rauhut, President of RWTH Aachen University. "With our JARA-FIT cooperation, we aim to be the engine of progress in this field both in Germany and abroad."

The topic of the "Nanoelectronics Days" revolves around the methods, techniques and new materials through which the miniaturisation of electronic devices can be continued. The meeting will focus, for example, on alternative ultrasmall devices in the nanometre range, atomic structures, innovative architectures using proven semiconductor technology or exploiting the electron spin as a unit of information. One such alternative is magnetic switching devices similar to those invented by the Jülich Nobel laureate Peter Grünberg, which paved the way for the high performance of today′s hard discs.

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Angela Wenzik
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Solid State Research
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