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Nanoindentation-induced deformation mechanisms in germanium

Oliver, David John


Germanium (Ge), a Group IV elemental semiconductor, is an important electronic material used in many technological applications. Although it is frequently considered to be a classic brittle material, deforming elastically under mechanical stress up to the point of fracture, in practise this is not the case. Instead, under indentation with a sharp tip, plastic deformation plays a dominant role and other deformation mechanisms may be activated. In the literature there is some controversy as to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010-12-20T05:26:18Z
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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