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By Michel Wautelet et al.

This up-to-date moment variation places nanotechnologies into viewpoint by means of explaining concerns in health and wellbeing, environmental and armed forces software domain names, and discusses the expertise within the context of present media and moral debates. It additionally introduces the formidable, and maybe nearly utopian, NBIC application (Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, info know-how and Cognitive Science); an initiative that foresees the 'reunification' of technology by way of encouraging collaboration between experts of other medical domain names.

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Even if the issue remains open, we hope that the impact of new biomedical techniques on healthcare and their cost advantage for the community will be positive. 4 Space domain The space domain is concerned with many aspects of nanotechnologies. One of the essential characteristics of space technologies is the rush to make equipment smaller and lighter. The very high cost of launching a space mission means that the ability to add more while decreasing the weight is becoming essential. Spacecraft must be autonomous over long periods of time.

The Volmer–Weber mechanism is observed when the smallest nuclei are formed (also called nucleation), and grow to become islands; this happens when the deposited atoms or molecules are more bonded with one another other than with the substrate. It is the case with a lot of metals on isolated substrates, or on graphite or mica. The opposite mechanism (Frank–Van der Merwe) occurs when deposited atoms or molecules interact more with the substrate than between them. 4 Growing mechanisms of thin films over a substrate Nano: “chapter02” — 2009/3/20 — 16:12 — page 24 — #6 Atomic structure and cohesion 25 successive layers are formed.

A magic number corresponds to a specific size of cluster where we find an abundance anomaly in the mass spectrum. This is an indication that clusters of these sizes are stable compared with those with our size. It has been theoretically demonstrated that magic numbers are associated with the shell-closing numbers of valence electrons of Na: the valence electrons move independently in an effective potential with spherical symmetry. It is interesting to note that this issue is similar to the one of the shell structure of atomic nuclei.

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