The restoration of metallicity in the high-temperature, cubic phase of Li4C60 represents a remarkable feature for a member of the A4C60 family _A=alkali metal_, invariably found to be insulators. Structural and resonance technique investigations on Li4C60 at T_600 K, show that its fcc structure is associated with a complete _4e−_ charge transfer to C60 and a sparsely populated Fermi level. These findings not only emphasize the crucial role played by lattice symmetry in fulleride transport properties, but also re-dimension the role of Jahn-Teller effects in band-structure determination.
Recovering metallicity in A4C60: The case of monomeric Li4C60 / RICCO' M.; BELLI M.; PONTIROLI D.; MAZZANI M.; SHIROKA T.; ARCON D.; ZORKO A.; MARGADONNA S.; RUANI G.. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. - ISSN 1098-0121. - 75(2007), pp. 081401-1-081401-4. [10.1103/PhysRevB.75.081401]