Many common materials exhibit different and potentially useful characteristics when fabricated at extremely small scales that is, at dimensions near the size of atoms, or a few ten-billionths of a meter. These atomic scale or nanoscale properties include quantized electrical characteristics, glueless adhesion, rapid temperature changes, and tunable light absorption and scattering that, if available in human-scale products and systems, could offer potentially revolutionary defense and commercial capabilities. Two as-yet insurmountable technical challenges, however, stand in the way: Lack of knowledge of how to retain nanoscale properties in materials at larger scales, and lack of assembly capabilities for items between nanoscale and 100 microns slightly wider than a human hair.
We want to explore new ways of putting incredibly tiny things together, with the goal of developing new miniaturization and assembly methods that would work at scales 100,000 times smaller than current state-of-the-art technology, said
This degree of scaled assembly is common in nature, Main continued. Plants and animals, for example, are effectively systems assembled from atomic- and molecular-scale components a million to a billion times smaller than the whole organism. We re trying to lay a similar foundation for developing future materials and devices.
To familiarize potential participants with the technical objectives of the A2P program,
The DARPA Special Notice announcing the Proposers Day webinars is available at http://go.usa.gov/mgKB. This announcement does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts and is issued solely for information and program planning purposes. The Special Notice is not a Request for Information (RFI); therefore,
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