Team creates ‘holy grail’ of superconductors

"...with this kind of technology, you can take society into a superconducting society where you'll never need things like batteries again."

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics electricity materials-science superconductors temperature magnetism featured science-and-technology

Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: energy industry superconductors research renewable-energy school-of-engineering global faculty collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering magnets alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion cern

Cooper pairs reveal a new state of matter

Cooper pairs, electron duos that enable superconductivity, can also conduct electricity as normal metals do, researchers report.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics electricity superconductors matter electrons higgs-boson science-and-technology

Quantum control with light paves way for ultra-fast computers

A new method of controlling quantum properties with light could help scientists "create crazy-fast quantum computers by nudging supercurrents."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
July 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: light superconductors computers quantum-physics science-and-technology

Harvard scientists develop way to identify topological materials

Though they have unusual properties that could be useful in everything from superconductors to quantum computers, topological materials are frustratingly difficult to predictably produce. To speed up the process, Harvard researchers in a series of studies develop methods for efficiently identifying new materials that display topological properties.

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 16, 2019 ~7 min

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Surprising electronic disorder in a copper oxide-based ceramic

MIT researchers use resonant X-ray scattering measurements to reveal unexpected “Wigner glass” in desirable superconducting material.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Jan. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: physics superconductors research metals school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering materials-research-laboratory

Better superconductors from ceramic copper oxides

Riccardo Comin seeks to elucidate the microscopic physics of high-temperature superconducting devices to advance their technological applications.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Dec. 13, 2018 ~9 min

Tags: physics imaging superconductors research school-of-science faculty materials-research-laboratory

Atoms stand in for electrons in system for probing high-temperature superconductors

Using new “quantum emulator,” physicists can observe individual atoms moving through these materials, and measure their speed.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent • mit
Dec. 6, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: physics superconductors research school-of-science research-laboratory-of-electronics national-science-foundation-nsf

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