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November 19th, 2008
Dutch scientists have worked out how to fine tune the stripes of alternating crystal lattices that form in semi-conducting nanowires. Control of such structures could lead to important advances in electronics and optics, including more efficient LEDs, they say.
The researchers show they can change the spacing of stripes along nanowires made from indium phosphide, to create 'superlattice' structures with regular segments of alternating crystal lattice. Scientists have theorised for more than a decade that such structures could prove useful in optics, but until now, they didn't understand how to control the width of the segment in order to change the wire's optical properties.
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