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High-Temperature Superconductors Feel the Vibe After All

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Science  04 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5787, pp. 602
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5787.602

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New ultraprecise measurements indicate that, contrary to physicists' assumptions, quantized vibrations, or "phonons," do in fact interact with electrons in high-temperature superconductors, perhaps contributing to their ability to zip through the material unimpeded. (Read more.)