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A General Approach for Fast Detection of Charge Carrier Type and Conductivity Difference in Nanoscale Materials

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A general method using a biased atomic force microscopy tip that allows a qualitative, fast, and reliable determination of key electronic properties such as metallic, n-, or p-doped characteristics has been reported for the first time. This method eliminates the detrimental effect of contact in the traditional transport measurement and is much simpler than the common-electrostatic force microscopy detection method, thus providing a powerful tool for fast characterizations of nanomaterials.

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