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We study the two-dimensional electron gas at the interface of NdTiO3 and SrTiO3 to reveal its nanoscale transport properties. At electron densities approaching 1015 cm-2, our terahertz spectroscopy data show conductivity levels that are up to six times larger than those extracted from DC electrical measurements. Moreover, the largest conductivity enhancements are observed in samples intentionally grown with larger defect densities. This is a signature of electron transport over the characteristic length-scales typically probed by electrical measurements being significantly affected by scattering by structural defects introduced during growth, and, a trait of a much larger electron mobility at the nanoscale.
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