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Regime change for nanowire growth

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Gold nanoparticles are routinely used as 'seeds' to grow semiconductor nanowires and it has now been discovered that the nanowires grow faster when the gold seeds are placed closer together.

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Figure 1: How gallium phosphide (GaP) nanowires grow.

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Johansson, J. Regime change for nanowire growth. Nature Nanotech 2, 534–535 (2007) doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.280

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