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Cracks tamed

Crack propagation in materials is rarely welcome. But carefully engineered cracks produced during the deposition of a film on silicon can be used to efficiently create pre-designed patterns of nanometre-scale channels. See Letter p.221

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Figure 1: Cracks produced at crystal interfaces.


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