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Nanotechnology Applications in a Space-Based Environment

Co-sponsored by:
The Critical Technologies Institute at RAND and The National Space Society

Tuesday, March 25, 1997
8:00-9:30 AM, continental breakfast served

Dr. Ralph Merkle, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Dr. James Bennett, Advanced Technology Holdings

Since the 1993 CTI seminar on nanotechnology, the field has developed quickly enough to warrant a second look at this technology. The field has gone from a "what if" to a "how" mode, with engineers exploring the use of scanning tunneling microscopes and other production tools to assemble complex structures from the atomic level on up, as nature does, molecule by molecule. As an engineering discipline, molecular nanotechnology promises revolutionary advances not only in manufactured products, but in the processes used to make them. Initial applications may include space-based machining and electronic and quantum computing. The feasibility of these developments occurring over the next 20 years will be examined.

Location: 1333 H Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20005
(across from MacPherson Square Metro Stop)

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