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Collective Defect Behavior Under Stress

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Science  12 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5775, pp. 864-865
DOI: 10.1126/science.1125799

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Crystals contain defects that determine how the material responds to deformation. An x-ray diffraction method reveals the dynamic behavior of these defects as the material is stressed.