Lasers Can Finally Classify Electrical Insulators
Experts have been puzzled as to why exactly electrically insulating materials insulate as they do. Based on different mechanisms, a classification scheme for insulators has been in use since the 1960s – a theoretical one. However, it has been yet impossible to distinctly classify all insulators due to a lack of suitable experimental approaches. A team of physicists from Kiel Univ. and the Univ. of Boulder has now developed a new method to distinguish different insulators unambiguously. The study was published in the online journal Nature Communications.
No laptop, no cell phone, no digital camera would be functional without electrical insulators. The hunt for precise knowledge about state-of-the-art or future insulators is just as rapid as the development of new, better electronic devices. For this reason, insulator research is currently one of the hottest topics in solid-state science.
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