AuPd nanowires deposited over the surface of single DNA molecules

The experiment is similar to the previous one.
The experiment is similar to the previous one. The DNA is stretched across a trench and subsequently sputter-coated with metal. Two wires are visible. Only one survived the fabrication process. A typical success rate with this method is about 80%. (To see more wires, click on the picture.)

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