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Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are ideal candidates for optoelectronic

applications to generate, detect and control light as well as to absorb
and convert light into energy – a promising use, for example in
photovoltaics. The one-dimensional nanostructures consist of strips of
graphene that are typically less than five nanometers wide. Measuring
the GNRs’ ultrafast processes following optical excitation, researchers
at IFN have been able to obtain fundamental insights into the material’s
ultrafast optoelectronic properties.

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