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The metal-insulator transition: a perspective

Edwards, PP and Johnston, RL and Rao, CNR and Tunstall, DP and Hensel, F (1998) The metal-insulator transition: a perspective. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 356 (1735). pp. 5-22.


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The metal-insulator transition, a quantum phase transition signifying the natural transformation of a metallic conductor to an insulator, continues to be the focus of intense inquiry and debate. The first discussion of the heuristic differences between metals and insulators, and implicitly the critical conditions for the transition between these canonical electronic regimes, dates back to the dawn of the twentieth century. As we approach the end of the century, the precise nature of the metal-insulator transition remains one of the major intellectual challenges in condensed matter science. In this article we present a brief introduction to just some of the key underlying features of this enduring physical phenomenon. The following articles and discussion present a detailed current account of the many facets of the science of the metal-insulator transition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the Royal Society.
Keywords: metal-non-metal transition;metal-insulator transition;minimum metallic conductivity;electrical conductivity;electron-electron interactions
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Depositing User: M.K Anitha
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/1442

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