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Cornell Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics

Kyle Shen discovers atomic-scale switch in metal oxides

Kyle Shen and a team from Cornell and Brookhaven National Lab have discovered a new property of metal oxides that can act like a switch. Using a unique laboratory setup that allows for precision growth and measurement of the materials, the group discovered that varying how thick the layers of atoms are can determine whether the material acts as a metal or an insulator. This has exciting potential applications in atomic-scale electronics and superconductivity.

Read more in the Chronicle.

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