Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation
"Devices enormously smaller than before will remodel engineering, chemistry, medicine, and computer technology. How can we understand machines that are so small? Nanosystems covers it all: power and strength, friction and wear, thermal noise and quantum uncertainty. This is the book for starting the next century of engineering." - Marvin Minsky
MIT Science magazine calls Eric Drexler "Mr. Nanotechnology." For years, Drexler has stirred controversy by declaring that molecular nanotechnology will bring a sweeping technological revolution - delivering tremendous advances in miniaturization, materials, computers, and manufacturing of all kinds. Now, he's written a detailed, top-to-bottom analysis of molecular machinery - how to design it, how to analyze it, and how to build it. Nanosystems is the first scientifically detailed description of developments that will revolutionize most of the industrial processes and products currently in use.
This groundbreaking work draws on physics and chemistry to establish basic concepts and analytical tools. The book then describes nanomechanical components, devices, and systems, including parallel computers able to execute 1020 instructions per second and desktop molecular manufacturing systems able to make such products. Via chemical and biochemical techniques, proximal probe instruments, and software for computer-aided molecular design, the book charts a path from present laboratory capabilities to advanced molecular manufacturing. Bringing together physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and computer science, Nanosystems provides an indispensable introduction to the emerging field of molecular nanotechnology.
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Molecular mechanical systems can usually be described in terms of motion on a
single potential energy surface , and the total energy can be divided into potential
energy and kinetic energy terms E ( state ) = V ( position ) + T ( momentum ) ( 4 .
The slope of the bearing potential energy function at position ( c ) can be
represented as the sum of the slopes at the points in diagram ( d ) , folding points
from the left side to the right , and giving them negative weights in the sum . . . .
more ( d ) ...
This leaves the state rod subject to thermal motion , traversing a range that
carries the output knob through both its blocking and nonblocking positions (
relative to a probe knob on a logic rod to which the state of the register cell is an
input ) .
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Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws
Potential Energy Surfaces
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