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Inducing a crossover

2021 
Superconductivity In conventional superconductors, the electron pairs responsible for superconductivity are large and overlapping. Starting from this so-called Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) limit, increasing interactions can set the system on a path of crossover to the opposite limit of small, tightly bound electron pairs that undergo Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC). Nakagawa et al. intercalated lithium ions into the insulating material zirconium nitride chloride, varying the carrier density across a large range (see the Perspective by Randeria). This induced superconductivity and enabled the system to enter the crossover regime between the BCS and BEC limits. Science , this issue p. [190][1]; see also p. [132][2] [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.abb9860 [2]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.abg1752
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