Is a superconductor nearly a spin liquid insulator? (Ben Powell)

Imagine that we are having a dinner party. We have decided to seat our guests around a table so that each person has a member of the opposite sex on either side of them. If I have a square table and four guests this is not difficult. However, if we have a triangular table and three guests it is impossible. In an antiferromagnet the electrons want to sit with their spins pointing in the opposite direction to their neighbours. Again this is straightforward to arrange on a square lattice but impossible to achieve on the triangular lattice. This effect is known as frustration.

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