Experiments explore the mysteries of ‘magic’ angle superconductors

In spring 2018, the surprising discovery of superconductivity in a new material set the scientific community abuzz. Built by layering one carbon sheet atop another and twisting the top one at a “magic” angle, the material enabled electrons to flow without resistance, a trait that could dramatically boost energy efficient power transmission and usher in … Read more

Researchers at the Forschungszentrum Jülich develop novel process for structuring quantum materials

Already the Inca used knots in cords in their ancient writing “Quipu” to encode and store information. The advantage: Unlike ink on a sheet of paper, the information stored in the knots is robust against external destructive influences such as water. Novel quantum computers should also be able to store information robustly in the form … Read more

Leiden physicists discover inhomogeneous texture of high-temperature superconductors

‘One of the mysteries of high-superconductors is the possibility of being inhomogeneous. This means that the density of the pairs causing the superconductivity changes over space’, says physicist Milan Allan of LION, ‘we proved that, indeed, very inhomogeneous superconductors exist, by imaging them for the first time.’ The discovery netted Doohee Cho, Koen Bastiaans, Damianos … Read more

Order from chaos: Australian vortex studies are first proof of decades-old theory

Two Australian studies published this week offer the first proof of a 70-year-old theory of turbulence. “The studies confirm a seminal theory of the formation of large-scale vortices from turbulence in 2D fluid flow, where the large vortices emerge from an apparent chaos of smaller vortices,” says author Prof Matt Davis, FLEET’s lead on the … Read more

Another major step towards room-temperature superconductivity

Fewer power plants, less greenhouse gases and lower costs: enormous amounts of electricity could be saved if researchers discovered the key to superconductivity at environmental temperatures. Because superconductors are materials that conduct electric energy without losses. A team from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz has come a step closer to this … Read more

Manipulating superconductivity using a ‘mechanic’ and an ‘electrician’

In the strongly correlated materials such as cuprate high-temperature superconductors, superconductivity can be controlled either by changing the number of electrons or by changing the kinetic energy, or transfer energy, of electrons in the system.Although a large number of strongly correlated materials have been examined with different parameters to understand the mechanism of superconductivity, the … Read more