Friday, February 25, 2000
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity was a double shock to the condensed matter physics community. Not only the critical temperature was so outrageously high (until then 30 K was considered to be the theoretical maximum), but magnetism appeared to be intimately involved, while for a long time magnetism had been considered to be incompatible with superconductivity. It then became the holy grail of theoreticians to overcome this apparent paradox, and various high-wire-act theories have been proposed. In the meantime, experimental data are accumulating that suggest a more conventional method of avoiding regional conflict between the spin and charge, by segregation. However, just as the social and international problems complete segregation simply defers the problem and does not solve it. Oxides are far ahead of us, and appear to have reached an intelligent solution. We discuss the results of recent inelastic and elastic neutron scattering measurements on cuprates and manganites, and speculate what this solution might be.

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