Single-electron transistor structure with test contact
(Photograph: TU Chemnitz)
Nano-technology will be among the key technologies of the 21st century. It is providing commercial products even today, for example
Ultrathin films are among the main elements of nano-technology with widely varying applications in micro-electronics, optics, medical equipment, and wear protection.
- hard disks and reading heads for data storage, covered with thin films of a few nanometers,
- scanning tunnelling microscopes making individual atoms and molecules visible
In order to thoroughly exploit applicational potential of nano-technology by pooling the know-how, a network has been establiched by 51 enterprises,10 university institutes, 22 research institutes, and 5 corporations. This nation-wide network has been distinguished by the Federal Ministry of Research by naming it the Center of Competence "Ultrathin Functional Films". Its coordiantion centre is located at the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden.
"Ultradünne funktionale Schichten"
c/o. Fraunhofer IWS Dresden
01277 Dresden, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 351 / 25 83 444
Fax +49 (0) 351 / 25 83 300