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Transition-metal oxides

It takes two to waver

When the thickness of a LaNiO3 film is reduced to only two unit cells, the material undergoes an abrupt metal-to-insulator transition.

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Figure 1: Schematics of the structure of an ultrathin LaNiO3 layer.


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Gabay, M., Triscone, JM. It takes two to waver. Nature Nanotech 9, 417–418 (2014).

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