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Self-assembled Germanium Pyramid

Self-assembled germanium 'pyramid' on silicon

Self-assembled germanium 'pyramid' (base 10 nanometers x 10 nanometers) on silicon. The nanoscale pyramid of germanium atoms is formed spontaneously atop a ground of silicon. Each small sphere represents an atom. This finding could help researchers develop new generations of tinier electronic devices that are governed by quantum phenomena.


Credit: Hewlett-Packard, from report

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