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When is a metal not a metal?

When it's an insulator, of course. Materials that should in theory conduct electricity — but don't — are well known, but the anomalous behaviour of one material has caused particular head-scratching.

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Figure 1: Metal–insulator transition.

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Erwin, S. When is a metal not a metal?. Nature 441, 295–296 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/441295a

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