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Title: MOCVD Epitaxy of Ultrawide Bandgap β-(Al x Ga 1–x ) 2 O 3 with High-Al Composition on (100) β-Ga 2 O 3 Substrates
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1810041 2019753
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Crystal Growth & Design
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6722 to 6730
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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