force latex to put a two column figure in a two column paper in the desired place

I am writing my first article (two column Springer template), let say that in a certain page, in the middle of the first column I want to insert a "two column figure" and continue the writing from the begin of the second column. How can I do that?

• If I recollect correctly, LaTeX never places a float that spans two column at the bottom of pages.
– GuM
May 2 '17 at 17:08
• @GustavoMezzetti: If I remember correctly, figure* is always at the top of the page in a two-column layout
– user31729
May 2 '17 at 17:45
• @ChristianHupfer: Yes, only t and p are allowed as position specifiers for “double-column” floats: Lamport’s book states this explicitly on p. 197. To the OP: although it is possible to get what you ask for by playing some (very) nasty trick, you should consider that whenever you have to coerce LaTeX in this way, you are almost surely breaking a long-established typographic rule. I think this is exactly the case: as far as I know, two-column figures at the bottom of pages are traditionally shunned.
– GuM
May 2 '17 at 18:17

The stfloats package (from the sttools bundle) allows placement of page-wide figure at the bottom of the page with this code:
  \begin{figure*}[b]