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Title: Converting normal insulators into topological insulators via tuning orbital levels
NSF-PAR ID:
10012335
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
American Physical Society
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Volume:
92
Issue:
20
ISSN:
1098-0121
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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