Stripes Theory Beset by Quantum Waves

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Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 499
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.499

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In a paper published online this week by Science, physicists show how the previously reported "stripes" in one type of superconducting material might be a subtle effect of overlapping quantum waves of electric charge. The new results do not rule out charge stripes in the material, abbreviated BSCCO, but they show that stripes are not needed to explain the undulations earlier researchers spotted on the surface of the material, physicists say.