Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have become the revolutionary forces for industrial and economic development in the 21st century. This revolution is already providing technological solutions for many of humanity’s challenges, as well as new and exciting fundamental scientific questions. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is a field of research that explores novel physical phenomena and emerging new technological opportunities of tiny objects, either naturally occurring or engineered, with sizes ranging from a few to a few hundreds of nanometers. At this scale, material structures display a host of new and surprising properties, affected by the size and shape of the system, mostly dictated directly by quantum mechanics in non trivial ways. Research ranges from questions about the fundamental underlying physics that determines the unique properties of nano-objects, to new engineering concepts of novel devices that can deeply impact future technologies. The research in this field is interdisciplinary by nature, involving many aspects of physics, material science, and chemistry, both experimental and theoretical, and therefore is a field where scientific collaborations between groups from very different disciplines flourish. It particular a significant group of physicists at the Racah Institute are interested in physics at the nanoscale.
The recent boost of nano-sciences is rooted in the astonishing technological development of a host of new tools that allow researchers to design, engineer, synthesize, and probe nano-scale objects. These include tools such as electron and ion beam lithography, electron and atomic force microscopes, and many more. Such state-of-the-art tools are available for the physicists at the Racah institute through the Hebrew university Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The Hebrew University Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (HUCNN) prides itself with its first-class faculty members, high level research and publications, state-of-the-art infrastructure, collaborations with international academia and industry, and efficient commercialization which have positioned the Center as a premier facility worldwide. The Center’s Units for NanoCharacterizaton and NanoFabrication provide hi-tech nanotechnological services and facilities to researchers from across the University’s faculties as well as other universities and the industry.
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