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Systems engineering at the nanoscale
Author(s): Jason J. Benkoski; Jennifer L. Breidenich; Michael C. Wei; Guy V. Clatterbaughi; Pei Yuin Keng; Jeffrey Pyun
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Paper Abstract

Nanomaterials have provided some of the greatest leaps in technology over the past twenty years, but their relatively early stage of maturity presents challenges for their incorporation into engineered systems. Perhaps even more challenging is the fact that the underlying physics at the nanoscale often run counter to our physical intuition. The current state of nanotechnology today includes nanoscale materials and devices developed to function as components of systems, as well as theoretical visions for "nanosystems," which are systems in which all components are based on nanotechnology. Although examples will be given to show that nanomaterials have indeed matured into applications in medical, space, and military systems, no complete nanosystem has yet been realized. This discussion will therefore focus on systems in which nanotechnology plays a central role. Using self-assembled magnetic artificial cilia as an example, we will discuss how systems engineering concepts apply to nanotechnology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8373, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV, 837318 (7 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918463
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Jason J. Benkoski, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Jennifer L. Breidenich, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Wei, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Guy V. Clatterbaughi, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Pei Yuin Keng, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jeffrey Pyun, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8373:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Dutta, Editor(s)

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