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High Temperature Superconductors

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The discovery of the so-called High Temperature Superconductors in 1987, which are able to conduct very high electrical currents and hence generate extremely high magnetic fields at liquid nitrogen temperatures, was heralded as the most significant scientific breakthrough since the discovery of the transistor. This talk will describe in a qualitative way the properties of these remarkable materials, their manufacture and their potential for engineering applications, which include frictionless bearings, energy storage systems, MRI and high-field permanent magnets. The talk includes a demonstration of magnetic levitation.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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