The Value of a Null Result II

Almost unbelievably, I was led today to another article (sorry, paywall) that claimed a null result. This time it was the absence of a phase transition in ZrTe5 even though there exists both an anomaly in the resistance and thermopower as a function of temperature. The most remarkable piece of information about this paper considering yesterday’s post, was that two of the three authors were F. DiSalvo and R. Fleming.

Again though, the article was well-written, the research was thorough and the null result is quite profound. Strangely, I stumbled upon the article because a collaborator had mentioned ZrTe5 to me today, and I just looked up a few articles regarding this compound. It was quite serendipitous that I ran into the same authors publishing yet again the absence of a phenomenon!

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