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Theorists predict new forms of exotic insulating materials
February 6, 2014
Topological insulators--materials whose surfaces can freely conduct electrons even though their interiors are electrical insulators--have been of great interest to physicists in recent years because of unusual properties that may provide insights into quantum physics. But most analysis of such materials has had to rely on highly simplified models. Now, a team of researchers has performed a more detailed analysis that hints at the existence of six new kinds of topological insulators.
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