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What is Graphene?

Graphene is a new material that consists of a single layer of carbon atoms. This exceptional metal is transparent, 200 times stronger than steel, and capable of carrying heat away 10 times more efficiently than copper. Graphene is also extremely flexible, allowing it to be folded without breaking. From a basic physics perspective, graphene’s remarkable properties enable scientists to test the laws of physics. For example, when electrons migrate through graphene, they move as if they have no mass, similar to the way light moves through an optical pipe. Researchers are trying to discover if it is possible to regulate the flow of electrons in graphene using optical interference effects, rather than stopping and restarting the movement of electrons, with the potential application of making devices faster while consuming less power.

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