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New Method for Enhancing Thermal Conductivity Could Cool Computer Chips, Lasers and Other Devices
December 14, 2011
Vanderbilt University engineers have discovered a surprising new way to increase a material's thermal conductivity that provides a new tool for managing thermal effects in computers, lasers and a number of other powered devices.
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