Generating energy usually means wasted heat. Semiconductors let the electrons flow with zero waste – but so far scientists only know how to get them to work at ultra-low temperatures.
How was superconductivity discovered? It all began in April 1911, in a Dutch laboratory…
Helium lifts balloons and makes our voices squeak. But its supply on Earth is finite and is critical for modern industrial processes and medical imaging in hospitals. How worried should we be?
Layering substances like graphene in new ways could help us to build quantum computers or transmit electricity over long distances.
Advanced materials that seem like they come from Star Trek are becoming reality today.
How Messrs Thouless, Haldane and Kosterlitz could hold the key to the future.
Physicists have for decades tried and failed to make superconductors that work at room temperature. But we’re finally getting closer.
Just what is a superconductor? And what can it be used for? Research using superconductors at higher temperatures opens up more possibilities for this fascinating class of materials.
A new technique using sticky tape has brought physicists a step closer to building energy efficient components for quantum…