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Superconductivity

Investigating the use of High Temperature Superconductors for engineering applications

Superconductivity is a phenomenon of exactly zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic flux fields occurring in certain materials, called superconductors, when cooled below a characteristic critical temperature. It was discovered by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes on April 8, 1911, in Leiden.

In 1986, it was discovered that some cuprate-perovskite ceramic materials have a critical temperature above 90 K (−183 °C). Such a high transition temperature is theoretically impossible for a conventional superconductor, leading the materials to be termed high-temperature superconductors.

Since then many applications have been proposed for high temperature superconductors. The EPEC group works on a range of different applications including power transmission, grid protection, propulsion, ultra-high current magnets and MRI.

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