A nice slice of ceramic

Scientists at University College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the University of Tokyo and Lucent Technologies, USA, have unravelled the properties of a novel manganese oxide ceramic and found that it could point the way to creating layered nanotech devices. Team member Gabriel Aeppli explains how the collaborators have overcome one the major problems associated with nanoscopic layered devices - electron leakage between layers. Currently, making ever smaller and more powerful devices relies on two-dimensional integrated circuits, but this discovery opens up a new realm of opportunity for building three-dimensional structures.