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A fast, non-destructive test for 2-D materials
May 2, 2017
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Thinning a material down to a single-atom thickness can dramatically change that material's physical properties. Researchers have begun to study hundreds of other 2-D materials for the purposes of electronics, sensing, early cancer diagnosis, water desalination and a host of other applications. Now, a team of Penn State researchers has developed a fast, nondestructive optical method for analyzing defects in 2-D materials.Full Story
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