Ge(001) before and after gold evaporation and annealing
Kernel of the 4-probe microscope (left), crushed tip on Si surface (middle), two STM tips over gold structures on Ge(001) surface

Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area,
6th Framework Programme of the European Union Integrated Project IST (Information Society Technologies) contract number: FP6-015847-Integrated Project for years: 2006-2009.

"Computing Inside a Single Molecule Using Atomic Scale Technologies" (PICO-INSIDE)

- as partner
project supported also by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under name: „Pojedyncze molekuły wykonujące operacje logiczne dzięki wykorzystaniu technologii w skali atomowej” acronym: PICO-INSIDE, contract no: 249/6. PR UE/2006/7 for years: 2005-2008.

In 3 years, Pico-Inside planned to develop the architecture, the atomic scale technology and the chemistry to explore and quantify intramolecular resources for integrating much more than a single logic gate inside a single molecule.

Five very recent breakthroughs are fully exploited by Pico-Insiders. The theoretical demonstration that intermolecular quantum evolution based on the non-stationary mixing of large molecule quantum states can perform digital operations. The new intramolecular mesh and node circuit rules for large molecules whose internal chemical structure is similar to a standard electronic circuit architecture. The experimental demonstration that the electronic contact between a single molecular wire and its contacting atomic pad requires 0,05 nm precision. The atomic resolution now obtained by a non-contact UHV-AFM on insulating surfaces and by low temperature UHV- STM on insulator on metal systems. The progress of organic chemists to design and synthesise large multi-functional molecules adapted to surfaces performances at the atomic scale.

Pico-Inside integrates the necessary groups to explore new architecture concepts with Fujitsu Europe. LH-UHV-STM and NC-UHV-AFM offer a complete and true access to the atomic scale for interconnects with IBM and Omicron. This includes nano-stencil contact experiments, the necessary chemistry labs task force and the required theoretical group to support the architecture, the molecular design and the analysis of Pico-Inside nanoscale experiences. This integration is completed by a true will to create and diffuse original roadmaps to a large community around Pico-Inside towards mono-molecular computing and atomic scale technologies.

September 2005 – August 2008

Pico-Inside Partners:

  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Centre d’Elaboration des Materiaux etr d’Etudes structurales (Toulouse), France
  • Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de la Matière Condensée (Paris), France
  • Laboratoire de Photophysique Moleculaire (Orsay), France
  • Fujitstu Europe, France
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Universitat Osnabrueck, Germany
  • IBM Zurich Laboratories IBM, Switzerland
  • Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • Universitaet Basel, Switzerland
  • Omicron, Germany
  • Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Rep.
  • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain
  • King’s College, UK
  • University College, UK
  • Phantoms Foundation, Spain
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