Avoiding the crack of doom: New imaging technique reveals how mechanical damage begins at the molecular scale

Avoiding the crack of doom: New imaging technique reveals how mechanical damage begins at the molecular scale

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The deformations and fractures that cause catastrophic failure in materials begin with a few molecules torn out of place, a process of urgent interest to researchers. Now scientists have devised a way to observe the effects of strain at the single-molecule level.

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