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2-D material illustration

A HEATED RESPONSE  Probing 2-D materials with high-energy particle beams reveals how these superthin films perform when the heat is on.  

window pane samples

SOAKIN’ UP SUN  New materials can switch from transparent pane (right) to dark-tinted solar cell (left) and back again.

skyrmion illustration

MAGNETIC KNOTS  A skyrmion is a swirl (red) among the atoms of a magnetic material. Here, cones point in the direction of each atom’s magnetization. Skyrmions come in several types; this one, a Néel skyrmion, is found in thin materials.

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