Open Questions: Superconductivity

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Introduction



Recommended references: Web sites

Site indexes

Superconductor Links
An extensive categorized list from the Superconductors.org site.
Galaxy: Superconductivity
Categorized site directory. Entries usually include descriptive annotations.


Sites with general resources

Superconductors
Excellent general site about superconductivity. The site includes historical information, uses for superconductors, and superconductor news. There is also an extensive page of external links.
Best of Physics Web: Superconductivity
Directory of best feature articles, news stories, and external links on superconductivity at the Physics Web site.
Center for Superconductivity Research
Home page of research factility at the University of Maryland.
Nanoscale Superconductivity and Magnetism
Web site of a research group studying superconductivity and magnetism. Contains an overview of the work, recent publications, and external links.


Surveys, overviews, tutorials

Superconductivity
Article from Wikipedia. See also High-temperature superconductivity, High-temperature superconductor.
Surprise return
September 2008 editorial in Physics World. "High-temperature superconductors are centre stage once again."
Rebirth of the hot
Summary of September 2008 article in Physics World, by Hai-Hu Wen. "When physicists in Japan discovered a new generation of high-temperature iron-based superconductors earlier this year, the finding prompted a huge surge of interest in these novel materials and rekindled the dream of room-temperature superconductivity."
High-temperature uncertainty
Summary of July 2005 article from Physics World, by Tom Timusk. "Recent experiments reveal that the mechanism responsible for the superconducting properties of cuprate materials is even more mysterious than we thought."
Lithium feels the pressure to become a superconductor
December 2002 article from Physics World, by Michael Hanfland. "Lithium might be a 'simple metal' under normal conditions but under extreme pressures it becomes a superconductor with one of the highest critical temperatures of all the elements."
A star role for stripes
June 2002 article from Physics World, by John Tranquada. "New images of magnetic and charge order in copper-oxide compounds are providing important clues about the nature of high-temperature superconductors."
New frontiers in superconductivity
January 2002 article from Physics World, by Valerie Jamieson. "Basic research into the electrical and thermal properties of metallic, magnetic and organic materials is leading to the discovery of novel superconductors."
Ferromagnetic superconductors
January 2002 article from Physics World, by Jacques Flouquet and Alexandre Buzdin. "The recent discovery of magnetic materials that are also superconductors has reconciled two physical phenomena that were previously thought to be incompatible."
New metallic superconductor makes an immediate impact
April 2001 article from Physics World, by Colin Gough. "The recent chance discovery that magnesium diboride becomes superconducting at 40 K has sparked a race to uncover its basic properties and to process the material for applications."
Industry warms to superconductors
March 2000 article from Physics World, by Jeffrey Tallon. "While theorists have been battling to understand high-temperature superconductivity, industrialists have been developing a wide range of devices that are set to enter a global marketplace that is potentially worth billions of dollars."
The underdoped phase of cuprate superconductors
February 2000 article from Physics World, by Bertram Batlogg and Chandra M Varma. "The origin of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprate materials is one of the biggest puzzles in physics, but the behaviour of these materials when they are not superconducting is an even bigger mystery."
Explaining high-Tc superconductors
December 1999 article from Physics World, by Maurice Rice.
Superconductor stripes move on
November 1999 article from Physics World, by John Tranquada.
Metal superconductors reach new high
February 2001 news article from PhysicsWeb about superconductivity in magnesium diboride.
Twisters turn up the current in superconductors
February 2001 article from PhysicsWeb about a spike in current near the superconducting temperature limit.
Exciting times for superconductors
February 2001 article from PhysicsWeb about using the BCS theory to explain new superconductivity findings.
New superconductor gets ready for applications
May 2001 new article from PhysicsWeb about the potential of magnesium diboride to be used in applications.
Superconductivity: getting warmer
September 2000 news article from PhysicsWeb about a new high-temperature superconducting material that can support large current densities.
Breaking through the quantum limit
September 2000 news article from PhysicsWeb about magnetic flux in a superconducting film.
Can spin fluctuations explain superconductivity?
September 1999 news article from PhysicsWeb about a new theory of high-temperature superconductivity.
Superconductivity debate gets ugly
October 1998 news article from PhysicsWeb about the "bipolaron" theory of superconductivity.
Magnetic superglue promotes superconductivity
July 1998 news article from PhysicsWeb. "Researchers at Cambridge University in the UK have discovered that the electron pairs in certain superconductors are held together by 'magnetic glue'."
New Trick from Old Dog
June 2001 story from Scientific American on newly discovered superconducting properties of magnesium boride.
Different Stripes
August 2000 story from Scientific American subtitled "Physicists still struggle to explain high-temperature superconductivity."
No Resistance
August 2000 story from Scientific American on real-world uses for high-temperature superconductors.
Super Finding on Superconductivity
March 2000 Scientific American Explore article on the search for room-temperature superconducting materials, subtitled "Scientists take a crucial step toward creating new materials with zero resistance at room-temperature."
Current may flow free and cheap
January 2001 news article from Science News, about wires that superconduct up to 77 K and are made from a ceramic material.


Recommended references: Magazine/journal articles

Resistance is futile
Ted Forgan
Physics World, April 2011, pp. 33-38
A quarter of a century ago, they were the hottest things in physics, with a 1987 conference session about them going down in history as "the Woodstock of physics". So what happened next for high-temperature superconductors? Those euphoric days are recalled and assessed for the remaining challenges in this still-developing field.
Down the path of least resistance
Paul Michael Grant
Physics World, April 2011, pp. 18-22
Since its discovery 100 years ago, our understanding of superconductivity has developed in a far from smooth fashion. This beautiful, elegant, and profound phenomenon continues to confound and baffle condensed-matter physicists today.
High-Temp Knockout Graham P. Collins
Scientific American, April 2004
Little Big Wire
Peter Weiss
Science News, November 18, 2000, pp. 330-332
Despite serious difficulties in fabricating high-temperature superconducting materials into wires and other electical components, progress is being made.


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