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Edging the Light Fantastic

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A team led by Mauricio Terrones has created single layers of a naturally occurring rare mineral called tungstenite, or WS2.

The resulting 2D sheet of stacked sulfur and tungsten atoms forms a honeycomb pattern of triangles with unusual light-emitting properties, showing striking photoluminescence at the edges. The triangular structures have potential applications in optical technology; for example, for use in light detectors and lasers.

The results (first reported online in November 2012) will soon appear in the print edition of Nano Letters. Read more information online here.