GeTe is a chemically simple IV-VI semiconductor which bears a rich plethora of different physical properties induced by doping and external stimuli. Here, we report a superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor transition controlled by finely-tuned In doping. Our results reveal the existence of a critical doping concentration xc=0.12 in Ge1-xInxTe, where various properties, including structure, resistivity, charge carrier type, and the density of states, take either an extremum or change their character. At the same time, we find indications of a change in the In-valence state from In3+ to In1+ with increasing x by core-level photoemission spectroscopy, suggesting that this system is a new promising playground to probe valence fluctuations and their possible impact on structural, electronic, and thermodynamic properties of their host.
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