High Temperature Superconductors Come Under Pressure

28 November 2019

Since the discovery of superconductivity in 1911, the promise of lossless power transmission has tantalised scientists. The catch was that most materials must be cooled to extremely low temperatures to become superconducting.

The development of superconductors operating above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen generated enormous excitement in the 1980s. However, it was only recently that extremely high-pressure experiments demonstrated super-conductivity at temperatures approaching room temperature.


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Professor Simon Bending, University of Bath