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Nanoparticle shuttle memory

United States Patent

8,130,569
March 6, 2012
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A device for storing data using nanoparticle shuttle memory having a nanotube. The nanotube has a first end and a second end. A first electrode is electrically connected to the first end of the nanotube. A second electrode is electrically connected to the second end of the nanotube. The nanotube has an enclosed nanoparticle shuttle. A switched voltage source is electrically connected to the first electrode and the second electrode, whereby a voltage may be controllably applied across the nanotube. A resistance meter is also connected to the first electrode and the second electrode, whereby the electrical resistance across the nanotube can be determined.
Zettl; Alex Karlwalter (Kensington, CA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
12/ 768,251
April 27, 2010
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of California Berkeley.