Latest High-temperature superconductivity Stories

Study Reveals Origins Of An Exotic Phase Of Matter
2013-11-19 06:34:34

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Understanding superconductivity – whereby certain materials can conduct electricity without any loss of energy – has proved to be one of the most persistent problems in modern physics. Scientists have struggled for decades to develop a cohesive theory of superconductivity, largely spurred by the game-changing prospect of creating a superconductor that works at room temperature, but it has proved to be a tremendous tangle of complex physics. Now...

Grand Unified Theory Of Exotic Superconductivity?
2013-10-17 12:05:52

Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientists introduce a general theoretical approach that describes all known forms of high-temperature superconductivity and their "intertwined" phases Years of experiments on various types of high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors—materials that offer hope for energy-saving applications such as zero-loss electrical power lines—have turned up an amazing array of complex behaviors among the electrons that in some instances pair up to carry current...

2013-09-21 23:01:02

Transparency Market Research adds new "Global Superconductors Market - industry Analysis, Share, Size, Growth, and Forecast, 2012 - 2018" market research report to its report store. Browse report at http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/superconductors-market.html. Albany, New York (PRWEB) September 21, 2013 A superconductor is a material that transfers electrons at critical temperature (Tc) from one atom to another without generating any resistance (heat, sound, or any...

2013-06-07 13:03:28

2 orders for electrons A German-French research team has constructed a new model that explains how the so-called pseudogap state forms in high-temperature superconductors. The calculations predict two coexisting electron orders. Below a certain temperature, superconductors lose their electrical resistance and can conduct electricity without loss. "It is not to be excluded that the new pseudogap theory also provides the long-awaited explanation for why, in contrast to conventional metallic...

Resistivity Switch Plays Role Of Magnetism In Iron-based Superconductors
2013-06-06 13:31:12

Ames Laboratory Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Ames Laboratory have discovered surprising changes in electrical resistivity in iron-based superconductors. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, offer further evidence that magnetism and superconductivity are closely related in this class of novel superconductors. “We found that the directions of smallest and largest resistivity within the conducting layers are significantly dependent on the composition...

Researchers Investigate Light Tsunamis In A Superconductor
2013-04-03 16:03:51

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres In their latest experiment, Prof. Andrea Cavalleri from the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter at the Hamburg-based Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) and Dr. Michael Gensch from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) investigated together with other colleagues from the HZDR, the United Kingdom, and Japan if and how superconductivity can be systematically controlled. The objective of their...

2013-03-19 14:14:14

To engineers, it´s a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current. “The story of electrical conduction in metals is told entirely in terms of electrons.  The cuprates show that there is something completely new to be understood beyond...

2013-03-04 23:07:14

A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary superconducting properties – in particular, the ability to transport much more electrical current than non-engineered materials. The team includes experts from the...

2013-02-18 13:15:00

Findings explain unusual properties, but complicate search for universal theory Over the last quarter century, scientists have discovered a handful of materials that can be converted from magnetic insulators or metals into "superconductors" able to carry electrical current with no energy loss-an enormously promising idea for new types of zero-resistance electronics and energy-storage and transmission systems. At present, a key step to achieving superconductivity (in addition to keeping the...

2012-09-04 23:20:23

Might it one day be possible to transmit electricity from an offshore wind turbine to land-based users without any loss of current? Materials known as "high temperature" superconductors (even though they must be maintained at -140°C!), which can conduct electricity without any losses, were supposed to make this dream a reality. But over the past twenty-five years, scientists have not been able to make any progress in this area. Research being done in EPFL's Laboratory for Quantum...

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