Controlling Complex Pattern of Superconductivity Within an Exotic Metal

Scientists can define and tune patterns of superconductivity (credit:  EPFL)

Scientists can define and tune patterns of superconductivity (credit: EPFL)

October 22, 2019 | Source: Scitechdaily, scitechdaily.com, Ecole Polytechnique, 10 October 2019

​Superconductivity has fascinated scientists for many years since it offers the potential to revolutionize current technologies. Materials only become superconductors — meaning that electrons can travel in them with no resistance — at very low temperatures. These days, this unique zero resistance superconductivity is commonly found in a number of technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Future technologies, however, will harness the total synchrony of electronic behavior in superconductors — a property called the phase. There is currently a race to build the world’s first quantum computer, which will use these phases to perform calculations. Conventional superconductors are very robust and hard to influence, and the challenge is to find new materials in which the superconducting state can be easily manipulated in a device.

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