Radiation Resistant Microchips Can Save Nuclear Power Plants
The engineers from the University of Utah have developed a micro-electromechanical system that can help build robots and computers that are resistant to radiation. Being surrounded with high-radiation is the worst thing that can happen to a machine with a silicon microchip in it. The scientists are looking for ways to get rid of this problem. These newly developed radiation resistant circuits can also deal with nuclear radiation as well as bursts from space radiation. Even after a nuclear explosion, these silicon-chips would withstand.
A microchip that is effected by radiation gets a second current which interrupts the normal electrical circuit. Using material such as lead can tackle the problem, but then the lead won’t work under pressured conditions. The electrical engineer at the University of Utah, Massood Tabib-Azar has developed a micro-electro-mechanical “logic gates” that are resistant to intense heat and ionizing radiation. They also do not use semiconductor channels, but have two tungsten electrodes which are separated by a narrow gap.
Also silicon electronics is faster and more reliable, but these newly developed ones would fill the gap. However, further exploration is required to get a simple computer using this newly designed microchips. This would really save computers and a lot of data. Nuclear energy is the most powerful kind of energy known to man and building anything resistant to it is marvelous. The research can be found in the journal, Sensors and Actuators.