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Winning Streak Brought Awe, and Then Doubt

Science  05 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5578, pp. 34-37
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5578.34

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On 10 May, Bell Labs officials launched an investigation of the work of physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, after outside researchers revealed what appears to be duplication of data in multiple papers. In interviews conducted over the past 6 months--most of them before the investigation began--the Bell Labs team and others in the field retraced the whirlwind trajectory of the work. The results of the investigation will have enormous significance for the future of one of the hottest ventures in condensed-matter physics.

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