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United States Patent 5,420,746
SmithMay 30, 1995

Single electron device including clusters of pure carbon atoms

Inventors: Smith; Doran C. (Brick, NJ).
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army (Washington, DC).
Appl. No.: 046,535
Filed: Apr. 13, 1993

Intl. Cl.:H01G 4/06;
U.S. Cl.:361/311.;
Field of Search:311;312;321.1;321.5

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents
4,214,916Jul., 1980Felsher 427/ 74
5,171,732Dec., 1992Hed 257/ 31
5,178,980Jan., 1993Mort et al. 430/ 58
5,331,183Jul., 1994Sariciftci 257/ 40

Foreign Patent Documents
160450Jun., 1993JPX

Other References

Primary Examiner: Paschall; Mark H.
Assistant Examiner: Switzer; Michael D.


A solid state electronic device using single electrons to convey informat. A cluster of pure carbon atoms, commonly known as a fullerene, is used to trap a single electron tunneling through an insulating material located between conductive layers of the device.

9 Claims, 11 Drawing Figures

Government Interest

The invention described herein may be manufactured, used and licensed by or for the Government for Governmental purposes without the payment to me of any royalties thereon.

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