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Petahertz Electronics

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A movie of ultrafast electron dynamics driven by lightwaves shows that wide-bandgap semiconductors could form the building blocks of petahertz electronic devices.

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Mücke, O. Pick up speed. Nature Phys 12, 724–725 (2016).

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