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Welcome to the single-molecule electret device

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A new memory device in which the electric dipole, rather than the magnetic dipole, stores information at the single-molecule level is demonstrated.

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Fig. 1: Single-molecule electret memory device.

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  • 23 October 2020

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Nishihara, S. Welcome to the single-molecule electret device. Nat. Nanotechnol. 15, 966–967 (2020).

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