Self-Organized One Dimensionality

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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 251-252
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.251

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Stripes--a complex form of electronic self-organization--occur in close proximity to the superconductivity found in copper cuprates. Although superconductivity and stripe order compete with each other to some extent, they are believed by many to reflect a common underlying physics. Two papers in this issue of Science report on some unusual electronic properties of fully developed stripes, providing novel clues on the physics behind superconductivity.