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Scaling the electromagnetic spectrum. Boxing out waves. The First Big Idea. Scale describes matter and predicts behavior . . The “Other” Big Ideas of Nano. Structure of Matter Forces and Interactions Quantum Effects Size-Dependent Properties. Other Big Ideas - continued. Self-assembly

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the first big idea
The First Big Idea
  • Scale describes matter and predicts behavior.
the other big ideas of nano
The “Other” Big Ideas of Nano
  • Structure of Matter
  • Forces and Interactions
  • Quantum Effects
  • Size-Dependent Properties
other big ideas continued
Other Big Ideas - continued
  • Self-assembly
  • Tools and Instrumentation
  • Models and Simulations
  • Science, Technology, and Society
an amazing scale
An Amazing Scale
  • More than you can see
wavelength is the key
Wavelength is the Key

What we see is much less than what we get.

Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Illustration by KristianMolhave

nanoscale 1 100nm
Nanoscale =1- 100nm

10-7 = 0.0000001 = 100 nm

Visible Light 390-750nm


10-9 = 0.000000001 = 1 nm

X-ray .01 to 10nm

  • Transfer energy without transferring matter
electromagnetic energy
Electromagnetic Energy

Determined by wavelength and frequency.

  • E = mc2
  • c = 2.9979 x 108 m/s
dual nature of light
Dual Nature of Light
  • Light is also photons (particles)
    • Zero mass and zero rest energy
    • Can be destroyed and created
    • Can have particle-like interactions with matter
electricity and magnetism
Electricity and Magnetism
  • Magnetism and electricity move together in the EM spectrum.

Diagram from Schneider, Remote Sensing and the Global Environment,

appearances may deceive
Appearances May Deceive
  • Optical properties vary at the nanoscale.

Image source: L. R. Hirsch, R. J.Stafford, J. A. Bankson, S. R. Sershen, B. Rivera, R. E. Price, J. D. Hazle, N. J. Halas, & J. L. West, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 100, 13549-13554 (2003).

faraday cage
Faraday Cage
  • How does it work?
blocking signals activities
Blocking Signals Activities
  • Materials Needed
    • Cell phone or small radio
    • Small box with lid
    • Aluminum foil
    • Aluminum screen
    • Scissors
    • Tape and/or stapler
    • ruler
activity control experiment
Activity – Control Experiment

1. Turn on radio and set in box.

2. Place lid on box.

3. Turn off radio.

4. One (or more) group test with cell phone if available.

activity box the signal
Activity – Box the Signal
  • Wrap box and lid separately in aluminum foil (ensure snug fit).
  • Set radio in box.
  • Open box slightly (experiment with opening size).
  • One (or more) group test with cell phone if available.
activity screen the signal
Activity – Screen the Signal
  • Make a cylinder with aluminum screen.
  • Leave one end open.
  • Make a prediction.
  • Place radio inside.
  • Close other end of cage.
  • Test with a cell phone if available.
wavelength and frequency activity
Wavelength and Frequency Activity
  • Wavelength
    • l = c/f
      • C = 3.0 x 108 m/s
  • Example

l = (300,000,000m/s) / (540,000 Hz) = 55.6 m

  • Frequencies
    • AM radio: 540-1640 KHz
    • FM radio: 88-174 MHz
    • Cell: 850-1900 MHz
what size mesh do you need
What Size Mesh Do You Need?
  • Mesh size 1/10 the wavelength
activity building a faraday cage
Activity: Building a Faraday Cage
  • Remove foil from top of box lid.
  • Cut several ½” strips of foil.
  • Make a grid of strips on the lid.
  • Experiment with size openings until a phone will not ring in box.
data analysis and conclusions
Data Analysis and Conclusions
  • When using aluminum strips, what size openings worked to stop the radio? A cell phone?
  • Why does the opening size matter in a Faraday Cage?
  • What other materials could be used?
wavelength matters
Wavelength Matters
  • Locations where wireless equipment does not work
  • Protection from electronic spies
  • Space weather effects
  • EMP