New supermetal found by scientists in Japan
Scientists have discovered a new super metal, dubbed the “Jahn-Tellar metal”. In a breakthrough research, this new state of matter appears to be a combination of an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one.
An international team of researchers discovered the metal after studying a superconductor made from carbon-60 molecules or “buckyballs“.
The study shows that the material has an assortment of insulating, magnetic, metallic and superconducting phases.
The study, led by Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University in Japan, provides first of its kind insights into the relationship between the electronic structure of the molecules and their spacing within the lattice can strengthen interactions between electrons that cause superconductivity.