News tagged with crystallinity

Materials scientists watch electrons 'melt'

(PhysOrg.com) -- When a skier rushes down a ski slope or a skater glides across an ice rink, a very thin melted layer of liquid water forms on the surface of the ice crystals, which allows for a smooth glide ...

dateNov 22, 2011 in General Physics
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Simple lithium good for many surprises

(PhysOrg.com) -- At first glance, lithium should be a simple atomic system. It is the lightest solid element and with just three electrons, it should exhibit simple, crystalline structures. However, an international ...

dateJan 14, 2011 in Condensed Matter
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Towards controlled dislocations

Crystallographic defects or irregularities (known as dislocations) are often found within crystalline materials. Two main types of dislocation exist: edge and screw type. However, dislocations found in real ...

dateOct 20, 2014 in Materials Science
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Many roads lead to superconductivity

Since their discovery in 2008, a new class of superconductors has precipitated a flood of research the world over. Unlike the previously familiar copper ceramics (cuprates), the basic structure of this new class consists ...

dateSep 10, 2010 in Superconductivity
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Current loss tracked down by magnetic fingerprint

Conventional solar cells made from crystalline silicon are difficult and energy-intensive to manufacture. Organic solar cells are cheaper, but have always produced less electricity. Why this is so has never been fully explained. ...

dateOct 26, 2010 in General Physics
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Using Nanotubes in Computer Chips

(PhysOrg.com) -- MIT materials scientists have developed a new technique for growing carbon nanotubes that could replace the vertical wires in chips, permitting denser packing of circuits.

dateSep 10, 2009 in Nanomaterials
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Manipulating the texture of magnetism

Knowing how to control the combined magnetic properties of interacting electrons will provide the basis to develop an important tool for advancing spintronics: a technology that aims to harness these properties ...

dateFeb 03, 2012 in General Physics
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