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Study Advances Quest For Better Superconducting Materials
2014-01-28 11:55:11

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nearly 30 years after the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, many questions remain, but an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is providing insight that could lead to better superconductors. Their work, published in Physical Review Letters, examines the role of chemical dopants, which are essential to creating high-temperature superconductors – materials that conduct electricity without resistance. The role of dopants in superconductors is...

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...

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...

2012-05-03 19:56:23

Findings support magnetic pairing theory that could lead to new improved superconductors By measuring how strongly electrons are bound together to form Cooper pairs in an iron-based superconductor, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University, St. Andrews University, and collaborators provide direct evidence supporting theories in which magnetism holds the key to this material's ability to carry current with no resistance. Because...

2012-03-30 07:48:45

International team that includes University of British Columbia physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity An international team that includes University of British Columbia physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity. In the experiment, to be outlined this Friday in the journal Science, electrons in a prototypical...

2012-02-08 18:34:44

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland has found an iron-based superconductor that operates at the highest known temperature for a material in its class. The discovery inches iron-based superconductors–valued for their ease of manufacturability and other properties–closer to being useful in many practical applications. Iron-based superconductors, which were discovered only about four years ago, are a hot research...

2011-04-28 00:17:57

Technique reveals quantum phase transition; could lead to superconducting transistors for power-saving electronics Like atomic-level bricklayers, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory are using a precise atom-by-atom layering technique to fabricate an ultrathin transistor-like field effect device to study the conditions that turn insulating materials into high-temperature superconductors. The technical break-through, which is described in the...

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2011-03-27 10:15:00

Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter. Understanding this "pseudogap" has been a 20-year quest for researchers who are trying to control and improve these breakthrough materials, with the ultimate goal of finding superconductors that operate at room temperature."Our findings point to management and control of this other phase as the correct path toward...

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2011-02-15 07:18:54

Illinois researchers have documented the first observations of some unusual physics when two prominent electric materials are connected: superconductors and graphene. Led by University of Illinois physics professor Nadya Mason, the group published its findings in the journal Nature Physics. When a current is applied to a normal conductor, such as metal or graphene, it flows through the material as a stream of single electrons.  By contrast, electrons travel in pairs in superconductors....

2011-02-14 15:04:40

Measurements on super-short timescale indicate loss of coherence among electron pairs and may help explain the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity As part of an ongoing effort to uncover details of how high-temperature superconductors carry electrical current with no resistance, scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have measured fluctuations in superconductivity across a wide range of temperatures using terahertz...