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April 27, 2004

Search is on for superconductive materials

Superconductivity is the age old qwest for material scientists and power engineers, NYT covered the latest developments in that area -

Superconductivity, as the phenomenon is known, has fascinated and baffled scientists since its discovery in 1911. Even now, they have yet to develop a comprehensive theory to explain its appearance in materials as diverse as metal and ceramics.

Such scientific conundrums are of only passing interest at Superpower, a four-year-old subsidiary of Intermagnetics General, and at other companies like it. After years of false starts and setbacks, these companies say they are closing in on the goal of producing relatively inexpensive superconducting wire for power generators, transformers and transmission lines

Though nowadays all hear is nanotechnology and carbon nano tubes.

April 27, 2004 in Emerging Technologies | Permalink


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