Nanosprings, Another Piece of the Nanotechnology Puzzle
Dr. David McIlroy
Department of Physics
University of Idaho
Nanotechnology is being touted as the next significant advancement in science
and technology. The proposed applications for nanotechnology range from biological
sensors to nanorobotics, to name a few. In order to take nanotechnology from
the realm of science fiction to reality we need determine what is possible,
as dictated by the laws of physics, and what is not. Often times when approaching
a new problem we have a tendency to over complicate the problem. Therefore,
when developing nanomachines we should start simple. An excellent place to
start is with toys. Toys are designed to perform complex functions using
the simplest of designs. If we dictate that our toy performs a function or
action then energy will be needed, as well as a means for storing energy.
The simplest mechanism that satisfies these two requirements is a spring.
In this presentation a summary of the efforts to develop nanosprings, springs
that are on the order of tens of nanometers, will be presented.