thin film


Definition of thin film

: a very thin layer of a substance on a supporting material especially : a coating (as of a semiconductor) that is deposited in a layer one atom or one molecule thick

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Counting penguin bones Come morning the deck of the Palmer is coated in a thin film of ice from the storm that blew through the previous night. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "These women are changing the landscape of Antarctic research," 7 Mar. 2019 Thouless, Haldane and Kosterlitz pioneered the mathematical description of quantum materials in thin films and in one-dimensional objects (such as a chain of atoms) by borrowing concepts such as this one from topology. Quanta Magazine, "Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Topology," 4 Oct. 2016 In a new paper in Physical Review Letters, mathematicians at New York University's Applied Math Lab have fine-tuned the recipe for the perfect bubble even further based on similar experiments with soapy thin films. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s now an even more precise “recipe” for blowing the perfect bubble," 2 Sep. 2018 The copper in the molten material formed a thin film on the surface of the solid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 Gold and silver, among other metals, are already known to do so and can be made in thin films. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The material science of building a light sail to take us to Alpha Centauri," 7 May 2018 Simply apply a thin film of guitar polish on a microfiber cloth and wipe down your guitar body, your hardware, the back of the neck, and your headstock. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 All of that will be controlled from a color dash screen (TFT, or thin film transistor liquid crystal display, also similar to what Ducati uses). Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Goes Public," 6 Nov. 2018 Pour a thin film of olive oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: Asparagus With Walnut Crema and Fried Eggs," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of thin film

1944, in the meaning defined above

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