A chemical turnstile is a device for transporting small, well-characterized doses of atoms from one location to another. A working turnstile has yet to be built, despite the numerous technological applications available for such a device. The key difficulty in manufacturing a chemical turnstile is finding a medium which will trap and transport atoms. Here we propose that ferroelastic twin walls are suitable for this role. Previous work shows that twin walls can act as two-dimensional trapping planes within which atomic transport is fast. We report simulations showing that a stress-induced reorientation of a twin wall can occur. This behavior is ideal for chemical turnstile applications.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
|Early online date||29 Sep 2005|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Oct 2005|