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By Rose Ragsdale
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Diamonds can act like metals in devices

Researchers use strain to transform diamonds into conductors Metal Tech News – October 28, 2020

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:53pm

MIT scientists change optical electrical conductivity of diamonds with strain

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Best known for their radiant beauty, diamonds are excellent electrical insulators. By bending diamonds at the nanoscale, they can be transformed into conductors similar to metals.

Diamonds are well known as the hardest minerals on earth. The sparkling gemstones also are exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators.

Now, an international team of researchers says diamonds have yet another distinction – they can exhibit the properties of metals.

The discovery, first reported Oct. 5 in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," could write a new cha...



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