A mixed team from ENS / CNRS / CEA-Saclay (SPEC) of the Pierre Aigrain Laboratory has for the first time highlighted the remarkable behavior of an electronic circuit when its miniaturization is extreme. These results are published in the journal Science. Researchers have shown that the basic laws of electricity, established since 1845, can no longer describe the properties of an electronic circuit when its dimensions reach the nanometer scale. These studies confirm the theoretical predictions of Markus Büttiker (University of Geneva) stated more than ten years ago and never checked.
For more information: the joint press release CEA-CNRS (in french).
The associated publicaiton: Violation of Kirchhoff's laws for a coherent RC circuit, J. Gabelli et al., ScienceXpress (2006) 1126940.
The Nano-électronique team of DRECAM/SPEC and the "Physique mésoscopique et transport" team of LPA.