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Making NanoMachines move

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in collaboration with CU NanoSoc

While recent advances have shown that we can sense single atoms and molecules moving on the nanoscale using light or electronics, one of the huge blocks to making nano-machinery is how to make them move. Since we cannot wire them up to a base station, or use Wifi for such nanostructures, light is one of the most proposing ways to drive nano-machinery. In this talk I will show several new approaches that generate massively-amplified optical forces sufficient to move individual atoms, molecules, and nanoparticles. I will then discuss ways to harness these for creating autonomous nano-machinery, and what we might use them for.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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