Volume 56, Number 1, October 2001
|Page(s)||81 - 85|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and opticalproperties|
|Published online||01 December 2003|
Electronic conduction in liquid boron
Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne,
IL 60439, USA
2 Department of Physics, University of Bristol - Bristol, UK
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 17 July 2001
The electrical conductivity of levitated liquid elemental boron was measured near the melting point using a contactless electrical conductivity technique. A phase change is clearly detected in the course of laser heating of a 2 diameter boron sphere levitated aerodynamically. The value obtained for the electrical conductivity sets liquid boron among the liquid semiconductors and establishes that the semiconducting behavior survives the melting process contradicting an earlier report that a semiconductor-to-metal transition occurs.
PACS: 72.80.Ph – Liquid semiconductors / 64.70.Dv – Solid-liquid transitions / 77.84.Bw – Elements, oxides, nitrides, borides, carbides, chalcogenides, etc
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