Theorists predict new forms of exotic insulating materials: Six new types?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 15:30 in Physics & Chemistry

Topological insulators could exist in six new types not seen before. 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.

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