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Pristine quantum devices on demand

A technique combining direct nanotube transfer with scanning probe microscopy can be used to create ultraclean one-dimensional electron systems in suspended carbon nanotubes.

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Figure 1: Deterministic creation of ultraclean and locally tunable carbon nanotube quantum devices.


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Zhong, Z. Pristine quantum devices on demand. Nature Nanotech 8, 543–544 (2013).

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