Surprising superconductor

Sep 25, 2015

While the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity sets no theoretical bound on how high Tc can be, the highest up to now has been 133 K at ambient pressure and 164 K at high pressure in copper oxide. The new surprise is in sulphur hydride, where a Tc of 80 K had been predicted. Alexander Drozdov of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and colleagues have found that this material becomes metallic at a pressure of 90 GPa with a Tc of an amazing 203 K. Isotope-shift effects are consistent with BCS theory, and the discovery raises hopes of finding a room-temperature superconductor.


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Compiled by John Swain, Northeastern University.

Further reading

A P Drozdov et al. 2015 Nature DOI:10.1038/nature14964.


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