Accidental discovery dramatically enhances electrical conductivity in crystals

A doctoral student made the accidental discovery when she noticed that the conductivity of a strontium titanate crystal exploded after it was left out one day.

Accidental discovery dramatically enhances electrical conductivity in crystals

Science Recorder | Jonathan Marker | Thursday, November 14, 2013

A November 14 press release from Washington State University announced the accidental discovery of a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal by exposing it to light.  Researchers found that the effect lasted for several days after the crystal was removed from exposure to light, and promises to drastically improve the performance of electronic devices... To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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