Combined Scientific Efforts Find Unusual High-Temperature Superconductivity Behavior

December 9, 2014 3:49 AM

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Combining their experience and efforts, scientists from several leading organizations have discovered a very unusual type of electronic order in a new family of superconductors recently developed. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study examines this new foundation for an unexpected connection between the new family of titanium-oxypnictide superconductors and those which are more familiar (cuprates, iron-pnictices), which now provides scientists with even more possibilities for materials that can aid them in learning as much as possible about as-yet foreign high-temperature superconductivity.

“Finding this new material is a bit like an archaeologist finding a new Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb,” explains Simon Billinge, a physicist with Brookhaven Lab and Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. The research team leader continues, “As we try and solve the mysteries behin...

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