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Nov 11, 2012

Researchers from the Max Planck Society are researching how a graphene nanowire conducts electricity. They discovered that electrons are tunneling through the graphene wire - by means of a quantum mechanical process. The researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to perform complicated measurements to determine how the conductance of the carbon strip depends on its length and the energy of the electrons.

Graphene ribbon on a gold surface photo

The researchers say that those graphene wires (or nanoribbons) are interesting research objects, but aren't very useful for nanoelectronics applications. At least not yet.