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High-temperature superconductivity

Electrons scatter as they pair

The pairing of electrons in high-temperature superconductors is anisotropic. Measurements now reveal their scattering to bear the same anisotropy, providing insights into the nature of the normal state and the origin of superconductivity.

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Figure 1: Generic phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors.


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Taillefer, L. Electrons scatter as they pair. Nature Phys 2, 809–810 (2006).

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