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Fishing the Fermi sea

Sophocles had it right, the Rolling Stones made a friendly amendment and Linus Pauling detailed the conceptual mechanism for finding novel materials that will define and revolutionize the future.

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Figure 1: Humanity realized long ago that skilled fishermen could feed villages and cities.


Figure 2: The scientist who is skilled in the art of new materials design and discovery will develop a variety of strategies for identifying promising spots to fish for new materials and ground states.



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Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

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Canfield, P. Fishing the Fermi sea. Nature Phys 4, 167–169 (2008).

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