Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities

© 1999 Robert A. Freitas Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 1999


4.5.2 Spatial Pressure Gradients

Two 0.3-micron3 pressure sensors located at either end of a 1 micron nanorobot could detect pressure changes as small as 10-6 atm per micron, a ~1 atm/m spatial gradient. The maximum detectable gradient would involve adjacent measurements of minimum (10-6 atm) and maximum (~104 atm) absolute pressure, a theoretical peak spatial gradient of ~1016 atm/m, though a practical device could not survive exposure to such extreme shear force.


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