A solid state nano-generator: concept, design and theoretical estimations

Melvin Vopson, M. Cain, V. Kuncser, J. Blackburn

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    Nano-technology is a very attractive area of research and innovation because it allows the current trends in miniaturization to continue. The transition from micro scale to nano scale devices has already taken place in many applications such as electronics, magnetic recording and nano-biophysics. However, as we scale down the size of the structures and devices, it becomes obvious that the classical behavior will break down at the nano-scale and an interesting superposition of classical and quantum effects will emerge. Therefore, the validity of classical physics is questioned and many aspects of physics are now being revisited from the point of view of nano-technologies. In line with the new developments in miniaturization and nano-technologies, we propose in this letter a simple mechanism that applies the Faraday effect at the nano-scale in order to create a possible solid-state energy nano-generator device. The proposed nano-generator functionality is based on what we shall call the Super-Paramagnetic Electromotive Force (SPEF) effect. This has the potential to produce a very small voltage on short time scales by converting directly thermal energy at room temperature to electromotive energy without the need for external work or mechanical motion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFunctionalized nanoscale materials, devices and systems
    EditorsA. Vaseashta, I. Mihailescu
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781402089022
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameNATO science for peace and security series B: physics and biophysics


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