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Superlattice substitution

What happens if some of the particles of a superlattice — an array of identical nanoscale crystals — are replaced with foreign ones? It emerges that the properties of superlattices can be radically altered in this way. See Letter p.450

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Figure 1: Alternative outcomes from superlattice doping.


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