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Electric field controlled nanoscale contactless deposition using a nanofluidic scanning probe
Joël Geerlings, Edin Sarajlic, Erwin J. W. Berenschot, Remco G. P. Sanders, Martin H. Siekman, Leon Abelmann and Niels R. Tas
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 123109 (2015)
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University of Zurich, Switzerland
The first nanometer resolved image of individual tobacco mosaic virions shows the potential of low-energy electron holography for imaging biomolecules at a single particle level--a milestone in structural biology
Low-energy electron holographic imaging of individual tobacco mosaic virions
Jean-Nicolas Longchamp, Tatiana Latychevskaia, Conrad Escher and Hans-Werner Fink
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 133101 (2015)
Researchers at Korea University have created a thin-film transistor with about 10 times the electron mobility speeds of its predecessors, promising faster processing for the next generation of LCD screens
Ar plasma treated ZnON transistor for future thin film electronics
Eunha Lee, Teaho Kim, Anass Benayad, HeeGoo Kim, Sanghun Jeon and Gyeong-Sy Park
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 122105 (2015)
Image: Xu & Zhang/NTU
Researchers in Singapore have rendered electronic components thermally invisible, thanks to thermoelectric modules
Active thermal cloak
Dang Minh Nguyen, Hongyi Xu, Youming Zhang and Baile Zhang
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 121901 (2015)
"Physicists at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have experimentally demonstrated a system capable of perfect sound absorption. Acoustic waves go in, nothing comes back out. At all."
Subwavelength total acoustic absorption with degenerate resonators
Min Yang, Chong Meng, Caixing, Yong Li, Zhiyu Yang and Ping Sheng
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 104104 (2015)
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Queensland University of Technology
Tests on kangaroo shoulder joints reveal how shoulder and knee cartilage behaves differently -- which could lead to improved treatments and better implants
Physical mechanisms underlying the strain-rate-dependent mechanical behavior of kangaroo shoulder cartilage
Namal Thibbotuwawa, Adekunle Oloyede, Tong Li, Sanjleena Singh, Wijitha Senadeera and YuanTong Gu
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 103701 (2015)
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Researchers combine diamond and cubic boron nitride with a novel alloying process for a superhard material
Diamond-cBN alloy: A universal cutting material
Pei Wang, Duanwei He, Liping Wang, Zili Kou, Yong Li, Lun Xiong, Qiwei Hu, Chao Xu, Li Lei, Qiming Wang, Jing Liu, and Yusheng Zhao
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 101901 (2015)
The piezoelectronic stress transduction switch for very large-scale integration, low voltage sensor computation, and radio frequency applications
I.-B. Magdău, X.-H. Liu, M. A. Kuroda, T. M. Shaw, J. Crain, P. M. Solomon, D. M. Newns and G. J. Martyna
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 073505 (2015)
Photo: Cedric Poulain,
Applying more than 50 volts across a droplet of weak hydrochloric acid causes the drop to rise into the air above a glowing plasma layer.
The plasma levitation of droplets
Cédric Poulain, Antoine Dugué, Antoine Durieux, Nader Sadeghi and Jérôme Duplat
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 064101 (2015)
Image: Z. Wang/HKU
New discovery about how surface gradients influence droplet behavior may enable novel surfaces with anti-icing capabilities for a tremendous range of applications.
Controlling drop bouncing using surfaces with gradient features
Yahua Liu, Gene Whyman, Edward Bormashenko, Chonglei Hao and Zuankai Wang
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 051604 (2015)
Image: J. Kim/Korea University, Korea
Korean researchers grow 4-inch diameter, high-quality, multi-layer graphene on desired silicon substrates, an important step for harnessing graphene in commercial silicon microelectronics.
Wafer-scale synthesis of multi-layer graphene by high-temperature carbon ion implantation
Janghyuk Kim, Geonyeop Lee and Jihyun Kim
Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 033104 (2015)
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New study of hydrogen storage material magnesium hydride reveals path to better performance, possibly paving way toward better future fuel tanks.
Size-dependent mechanical properties of Mg nanoparticles used for hydrogen storage
Qian Yu, Liang Qi, Raja K. Mishra, Xiaoqin Zeng and Andrew M. Minor
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 261903 (2015)
Photo: Jung-Hun Seo, Shaoqin Gong and Zhenqiang Ma
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin researchers have developed a new biodegradable silicon transistor based on a material derived from wood, opening the door for green, flexible, low-cost portable electronics in future.
Microwave flexible transistors on cellulose nanofibrillated fiber substrates
Jung-Hun Seo, Tzu-Hsuan Chang, Jaeseong Lee, Ronald Sabo, Weidong Zhou, Zhiyong Cai, Shaoqin Gong and Zhenqiang Ma
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 262101 (2015)
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A new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor measures 3-D image of your finger's surface and the tissue beneath it-enhancing biometrics and information security for smartphones and other devices
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor using a piezoelectronic micromachined ultrasonic transducer array integrated with CMOS electronics
Y. Lu, H. Tang, S. Fung, Q. Wang, J.M. Tsai, M. Daneman, B.E. Boser and D.A. Horsley
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 263503 (2015)
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New direct-write approach simplifies fabricating oxide Josephson junctions, eliminating lithographic processing and providing pathway to inexpensive superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) that operate at more practical temperatures.
YBa2Cu3O7- Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices with metallic to insulating barriers written with a focused helium ion
E.Y. Cho, M.K. Ma, Chuong Huynh, K. Pratt, D.N. Paulson, V.N. Glyantsev,
R.C. Dynes and Shane A. Cybart
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 252601 (2015)
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Luminescent signals from green glowing diamond defects could monitor temperature in a range of physical and biological systems with unprecedented versatility.
Diamond contact-less micrometric temperature sensors
E. Homeyer, S. Pailhès, R. Debord, V. Jary, C. Dujardin and G. Ledoux
Appl. Phys. Lett. 143, 243502 (2015)
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IBM researchers develop a technique for integrating "III-V" materials onto silicon wafers, a breakthrough that may allow an extension to Moore's Law.
Template-assisted selective epitaxy of III-V nanoscale devices for co-planar heterogeneous integration with Si
H. Schmid, M. Borg, K. Moselund, L. Gignac, C. M. Breslin, J. Bruley, D. Cutaia and H. Riel
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 233101 (2015)
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Researchers in China have created a new three-dimensional polypyrrole aerogel-based electromagnetic absorber material that can serve as an inexpensive alternative to costly graphene aerogels.
Self-assembled ultralight three-dimensional (3D) polypyrrole (PPy) Aerogel for effective electromagnetic absorption
Aming Xie, Fan Wu, Mengxiao Sun, Xioquing Dai, Zhuanghu Xu, Yanyu Qiu, Yuan Wang and Mingyang Wang
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 222902 (2015)
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University of Tsukuba
By observing the shift in eigenstates of coupled microcantilevers, researchers can measure nanogram-scale mass in a liquid environment with extreme accuracy.
Self-excited coupled-microcantilevers for mass sensing
Daichi Endo, Hiroshi Yabuno, Keiichi Higashino, Yasuyuki Yamamoto and Sohei Matsumoto
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 223105 (2015)
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Multiplexing technique for nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging (nanoMRI) developed by researchers in Switzerland cuts normal scan time from two weeks to two days.
Accelerated nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging through phase multiplexing
B.A. Moores, A. Eichler, Y. Tao, H. Takahashi, P. Navaretti and C.L. Degen
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 213101 (2015)
Image: Xianjun Huang, et al. University of Manchester
The "wonder material" takes an important step toward commercial applications like wearable wireless devices and sensors connected to the "Internet of Things".
Binder-free Highly Conductive Graphene Laminate for Low Cost Printed Radio Frequency Applications
Xianjun Huang, Ting Leng, Xiao Zhang, Jia Cing Chen, Kuo Hsin Chang, Andre K. Geim, Kostya S. Novoselov and Zhirun Hu
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 203105 (2015)
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National Taiwan University.
Vegetable-based muscles that can expand and contract while bending.
Onion artificial muscles
Chien-Chun Chen, Wen-Pin Shih, Pei-Zen Chang, His-Mei Lai, Shing-Yun Chang, Pin-Chun Huang and Huai-An Jeng
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 183702 (2015)
Photo: R. Ishihara, M. Trifunovic/TUDelft
A new fabrication technique may allow the gold standard for transistors to outcompete its recent ultra-thin substitutes.
Solution-processed polycrystalline silicon on paper
M. Trifunovic, T. Shimoda and R. Ishihara
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 163502 (2015)
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Walailak University and Hokkaido University researchers report the first known full 3-D scan of a single biological cell via picosecond ultrasound, an acoustic imaging technique.
Three-dimensional imaging of biological cells with picosecond ultrasonics
Sorasak Danworaphong, Motonobu Tomoda, Yuki Matsumoto, Osamu Matsuda, Toshiro Ohashi, Hiromu Watanabe, Masafumi Nagayama, Kazutoshi Gohara, Paul H. Otsuka and Oliver B. Wright
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 163701 (2015)
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In the future, clean alternatives such as harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves may help ease the world’s energy shortage.
Metamaterial electromagnetic energy harvester with near unity efficiency
Thamer S. Almoneef and Omar M. Ramahi
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 153902 (2015)
Image: Jianwen Zhao/Harbin Institute of Technology in Weihai, University of California-Los Angeles
New discovery that can make a dielectric elastomer joint bend up and down demonstrates its potential in soft robotic applications as lightweight, energy-efficient flapping wings.
Phenomena of nonlinear oscillation and special resonance of a dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure rotary joint
Jianwen Zhao, Junyang Niu, David McCoul, Zhi Ren and Qibing Pei
Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 133504 (2015)
Applied Physics Letters Associate Editor Susan Trolier-McKinstry will lead the Materials Research Society as Vice President in 2016, President in 2017, and Immediate Past President in 2018. Congratulations Susan!
Applied Physics Letters retains top spot as the most highly cited journal in Applied Physics
The Journal Citation Reports ® released by Thomson Reuters in 2015 once again awarded Applied Physics Letters the top spot in the Applied Physics category, recording 229,122 citations to the journal in 2014.
IMPACT FACTOR: 3.302
Applied Physics Letters is pleased to announce Xiuling Li as Deputy Editor:
AIP Publishing welcomes Xuiling Li as Deputy Editor. Xuiling is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and brings expertise in III-V compound semiconductors, epitaxial growth, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), nanowires, nanowire electronics, nanomembranes, optoelectronics, solar cells, and nanofabrication to her new role as Deputy Editor for Applied Physics Letters.
Applied Physics Letters congratulates Associate Editor Susan Trolier-McKinstry
The Materials Research Society (MRS) names APL Associate Editor Susan Trolier-McKinstry as a 2015 MRS Fellow in recognition of her “creative and sustained contributions to the understanding of electroceramic thin films and for leadership in materials education and materials research community.” Congratulations Susan for the well-deserved honor!
Applied Physics Letters welcomes new Associate Editors:
AIP Publishing is pleased to welcome five new Associate Editors.
- Maria Antonietta Loi of the University College Groningen in The Netherlands specializes in photophysics and optoelectronics of organic semiconductors and nanamoaterials.
- Marie-Louise Saboungi of CNRS – Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France brings expertise in condensed matter physics, materials physics, and nanosciences.
- Alessandro Tredicucci of the Instituto Nanoscienze at the Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche in Pisa, Italy focuses on opto-electronics, nanoscience, semiconductor physics, and particularly THz technologies.
- Roger Lake of the University of California, Riverside has expertise in nanotechnology engineering and THz and terascale electronic materials and devices.
- Liang-Sheng Liao of the Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials at Soochow University in China studies organic optoelectronic devices, nanomaterials, organic chemistry, and semiconductor device physics.
Applied Physics Letters is pleased to announce Reuben T. Collins as its new Editor-in-Chief
AIP Publishing welcomes Prof. Reuben T. Collins from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA, as the new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters. Read Prof. Collins’ inaugural editorial “Building on excellence: A vision for the future”
Applied Physics Letters thanks Editor-in-Chief Nghi Q. Lam
AIP Publishing pays tribute to the long and distinguished service of Dr. Nghi Lam as he steps down as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters, a position he has held for the past 2 decades. Read Dr. Lam's farewell editorial “Reflections on my tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters” here.