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New type of superconductor

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by doug, May 31, 2008.

  1. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

    Nov 28, 2006
    Stanford, California
    This is definitely off topic but I post it here since, as researcher in solid state physics, I find it pretty exciting and it may someday lead to more powerful electric motors among other things.

    Here are a couple articles that should be accessible to a reader with a basic science background:

    Powerful superconductor is in a class all its own

    Iron Exposed as High-Temperature Superconductor: Scientific American

    Part of the reason this is interesting is that if you are familiar with any basic theory of superconductivity, using iron (a ferromagnetic material) is totally counterintuitive. This really is a new class superconductor.
  2. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Thanks doug. Interesting read. Still much research to do but as you say, it points to a whole new line of approach.

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