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Submissions from 2018

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Using coherent phonons for ultrafast control of the Dirac node of SrMnSb2, Christopher P. Weber, Madison G. Masten, Thomas C. Ogloza, Bryan S. Berggren, Michael K. L. Man, Keshav M. Dani, Jinyu Liu, Zhiqiang Mao, Dennis D. Klug, Adebayo A. Adeleke, and Yansun Yao

Submissions from 2017

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Ambipolar spin diffusion in p-type GaAs: A case where spin diffuses more than charge, F. Cadiz, V. Notot, J. Filipovic, Christopher P. Weber, L. Martinelli, A.C. H. Rowe, and S. Arscott

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Similar ultrafast dynamics of several dissimilar Dirac and Weyl semimetals, Christopher P. Weber, Bryan S. Berggren, Madison G. Masten, Thomas C. Ogloza, Skylar Deckoff-Jones, Julien Madéo, Michael K. L. Man, Keshav M. Dani, Lingxiao Zhao, Genfu Chen, Jinyu Liu, Zhiqiang Mao, Leslie M. Schoop, Bettina V. Lotsch, Stuart S. P. Parkin, and Mazhar Ali

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Room-temperature self-powered energy photodetector based on optically induced Seebeck effect in Cd3As2, Niloufar Yavarishad, Tahereh Hosseini, Elaheh Kheirandish, Christopher P. Weber, and Nikolai Kouklin

Submissions from 2016

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Evaluation of 3D Carbon Nanotube Composite Atomic Force Microscopy Probes Fabricated with Ion Flux Molding, Grace E. Chesmore, Kai-Hsiang Hung, Carrollyn Roque, and Richard P. Barber Jr.

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Structure–function relationships of fullerene esters in polymer solar cells: unexpected structural effects on lifetime and efficiency, Michael Tro, Alexis Sarabia, Kyle J. Bandaccari, David Oparko, Emma Lewis, Maxwell J. Giammona, Justin Isaac, Parisa Tajalli-Tehrani Valverde, Grace E. Chesmore, Thorsteinn Adalsteinsson, Richard P. Barber Jr., and Brian J. McNelis

Submissions from 2015

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Transient reflectance of photoexcited Cd3As2, Christopher P. Weber, Ernest Arushanov, Bryan S. Berggren, Tahereh Hosseini, Nikolai Kouklin, and Alex Nateprov

Submissions from 2014

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Resistance and lifetime measurements of polymer solar cells using glycerol doped poly[3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene]: poly[styrenesulfonate] hole injection layers, Bhaskar Mantha, Emma Lewis, and Richard P. Barber Jr.

Submissions from 2013

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Diffusion of degenerate minority carrier in a p-type semiconductor, Christopher P. Weber and Eric A. Kittlaus

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Rapid diffusion of electrons in GaMnAs, Christopher P. Weber, Eric A. Kittlaus, Kassandra B. Mattia, Christopher J. Waight, J. Hagmann, X. Liu, M. Dobrowolska, and J. K. Furdyna

Submissions from 2012

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Transport and spectroscopic studies of the effects of fullerene structure on the efficiency and lifetime of polythiophene-based solar cells, Emilee L. Sena, Justin H. Peel, Devin Wesenberg, Shreya Nathan, Marianne Wallis, Maxwell J. Giammona, Thorsteinn Adalsteinsson, Brian J. McNelis, and Richard P. Barber Jr.

Submissions from 2011

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Electronic structure of warm dense copper studied by ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy, B. I. Cho, K. Engelhorn, A. A. Correa, T. Ogitsu, Christopher P. Weber, H. J. Lee, J. Feng, P. A. Ni, Y. Ping, A. J. Nelson, D. Prendergast, R. W. Lee, R. W. Falcone, and P. A. Heimann

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Measurement of spin diffusion in semi-insulating GaAs, Christopher P. Weber, Craig A. Benko, and Stanley C. Hiew

Submissions from 2010

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A grazing incidence x-ray streak camera for ultrafast, single-shot measurements, J. Feng, K. Engelhorn, B. I. Cho, H. J. Lee, M. Greaves, Christopher P. Weber, R. W. Falcone, H. A. Padmore, and P. A. Heimann

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Influence of functionalized fullerene structure on polymer photovoltaic degradation, Brian H. Johnson, Enaanake Allagoa, Robert L. Thomas, Gregory Stettler, Marianne Wallis, Justn H. Peel, Thorsteinn Adalsteinsson, Brian J. McNelis, and Richard P. Barber Jr.

Submissions from 2009

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Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy: A local and direct probe of the superconducting order parameter, Richard P. Barber Jr., Hikari Kimura, Shuhei Ono, Yoichi Ando, and Robert C. Dynes

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Emergence of the persistent spin helix in semiconductor quantum wells, J. D. Koralek, Christopher P. Weber, J. Orenstein, B. Andrei Bernevig, Shou-Cheng Zhang, S. Mack, and D. D. Awschalom

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Testing of optical diagnostics for ion-beam-driven WDM experiments at NDCX-1, P. A. Ni, F. M. Bieniosek, M. Leitner, Christopher P. Weber, and W. L. Waldron

Submissions from 2008

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Scanning Josephson Tunneling Microscopy of Single Crystal Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ with a Conventional Superconducting Tip, Richard P. Barber Jr., Hikari Kimura, Shuhei Ono, Yoichi Ando, and Robert C. Dynes

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Dancing with physics, Richard P. Barber Jr. and David Popalisky

Submissions from 2007

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Nondiffusive spin dynamics in a two-dimensional electron gas, Christopher P. Weber, J. Orenstein, B. Andrei Bernevig, Shou-Cheng Zhang, Jason Stephens, and D. D. Awschalom

Submissions from 2006

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Negative magnetoresistance, negative electroresistance, and metallic behavior on the insulating side of the two-dimensional superconductor-insulator transition in granular Pb films, Richard P. Barber Jr., Shih-Ying Hsu, James M. Valles Jr., Robert C. Dynes, and Rolfe Eldridge Glover III

Submissions from 2005

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Observation of spin Coulomb drag in a two-dimensional electron gas, Christopher P. Weber, N. Gedik, J. E. Moore, J. Orenstein, J. Stephens, and D. D. Awschalom

Submissions from 2003

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Resistive transitions in quench-condensed Bi films near a normal-metal ground plane, Richard P. Barber Jr. and Ben Kain

Submissions from 2002

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Tuning the transition temperature of superconducting Ag/Pb films via the proximity effect, Richard P. Barber Jr., Ben Kain, and S. R. Khan

Submissions from 2001

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Crossover from phase fluctuation to amplitude-dominated superconductivity: A model system, Richard P. Barber Jr., L. Merchant, J. Ostrick, and Robert C. Dynes

Submissions from 2000

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Superconductor-insulator transition in granular Pb films near a superconducting ground plane, Richard P. Barber Jr., S. R. Khan, Eric Morre Pedersen, Ben Kain, and A. J. Jordan

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Low-Frequency Crossover of the Fractional Power-Law Conductivity in SrRuO3, J. S. Dodge, Christopher P. Weber, J. Corson, J. Orenstein, Z. Schlesinger, J. W. Reiner, and M. R. Beasley

Submissions from 1999

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Spume Drops Produced by the Wind Tearing of Wave Crests, Richard P. Barber Jr., Magdalena Anguelova, and Jin Wu

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Charge dynamics in the half-metallic ferromagnet CrO2, E. J. Singley, Christopher P. Weber, D. N. Basov, A. Barry, and J. M. D. Coey

Submissions from 1998

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Saturation in “nonmagnetic” stainless steel, Christopher P. Weber and J. Fajans

Submissions from 1997

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Sea brightness temperature and effects of spray and whitecaps, Richard P. Barber Jr. and Jin Wu

Submissions from 1994

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Tunneling into granular Pb films in the superconducting and insulating regimes, Richard P. Barber Jr., L. Merchant, Porta Arthur La, and Robert C. Dynes

Submissions from 1993

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Low-field magnetoresistance in granular Pb films near the insulator-superconductor transition, Richard P. Barber Jr. and Robert C. Dynes

Submissions from 1990

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Hyper-resistivity to global-superconductivity transition by annealing in quench-condensed Pb films, Richard P. Barber Jr. and Rolfe Eldridge Glover III