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Young Czech physicist breaks with conventional wisdom inherited from George Ohm, Edwin Hall and Louis Néel

In a paper published in Science Advances1, Libor Šmejkal with his colleagues from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague reports the discovery of a Hall effect in an antiferromagnet. It is another extraordinary work by an exceptional Czech talent who as a fresh PhD graduate already enjoys the reputation of an internationally leading figure in his field.

1 Libor Šmejkal, Rafael González-Hernández, Tomáš Jungwirth, Jairo Sinova, Crystal time-reversal symmetry breaking and spontaneous Hall effect in collinear antiferromagnets, Science Advances 6 (2020) eaaz8809