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This is an abstract for a talk to be given at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
We describe a prototype implementation of a virtual environment for simulating diamondoid and fullerene mechanosynthesis. The interactive system employs a reactive hydrocarbon potential coupled to a three-degree-of-freedom haptic (force-feedback) arm and a real-time graphic display. The user can attach his hand to an atom or molecule and maneuver it in three-dimensional space. The reactive potential calculates the resultant forces and motions of all atoms, including changes in bonding topology. The forces on the atoms being manipulated are continuously fed back to the user through the haptic interface, while the newly calculated positions of all atoms are continuously updated on the graphics display.
This system allows users to (virtually) interrogate and manipulate
matter on an atomic or molecular scale. These operations can be used
to explore new strategies for mechanosynthesis, to rehearse and debug
complicated assembly sequences for possible future execution by a
nanomanipulator, and to develop chemical intuition.
 D. W. Brenner, Phys. Rev. B 42, 9458 (1990).
Creon Levit, Computational Molecular Nanotechnology Group, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. 94035-1000, ph: 415-604-4403, email: email@example.com
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