metal-insulator transition

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metal-insulator transition

[′med·əl ¦in·sə‚lād·ər tran′zish·ən]
(solid-state physics)
The change of certain low-dimensional conductors from metals to insulators as the temperature is lowered through a certain value, due to the lattice distortion and band gap accompanying the onset of a charge-density wave.
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