X-Ray Beams Bake in Ceramic Circuits

 

Stone Age secrets may soon unlock new power in Silicon Age devices.

In the hunt to find a material whose computer chip potential rivals silicon, researchers have discovered a way to “draw” superconducting circuits on ceramics using only an X-ray beam. The procedure relies on the precise induction of the same changes that happen in kiln-baked clay, bypassing the complex, toxin-heavy stages of chemical layering needed to make current electronics.

“In the olden days, our ancestors knew how to fire pots. In these days, we are learning how to fire things on the nano scale

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