Electronic Confinement in Organic Metals

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Science  21 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5380, pp. 1155-1156
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5380.1155

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The Bechgaard salts, an unusual class of organic conductors, have yielded a rich variety of electronic phenomena. In particular, they exhibit low dimensionality, allowing the study of the peculiar behavior of electrons in nearly one-dimensional systems. In their Perspective, Bourbonnais and Jérome discuss results reported in the same issue by Vescoli et al. on optical measurements of several Bechgaard salts, possible evidence for an important phase called the Luttinger liquid.