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DOE Science Showcase - Understanding High-Temperature Superconductors

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Scientists have long worked to understand one of the great mysteries of modern physics - the origin and behavior of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) that are uniquely capable of transmitting electricity with zero loss when chilled to subzero temperatures.  For decades there have been competing theories and misunderstandings of how HTS materials actually work and they have remained fundamentally puzzling to physicists. Solving this mystery has the potential to revolutionize the planet’s energy infrastructure from generation to transmission and grid-scale storage. Recent technical breakthroughs in this quest are being discovered by DOE scientists and their collaborators. Read about HTS technology, basic science and progress towards theory in Dr. William Watson’s white paper In the OSTI Collections – High-Temperature Superconductors.  

 

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Selected HTS Research Information from DOE Databases


 

 

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