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Sound Waves Precisely Position Nanowires


June 19, 2013

a two-dimensional standing surface wave field The smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State University researchers who, using sound waves, can place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits. Full Story

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