Explaining Superconductivity with SuperpositionCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: June 20, 2012 08:40AM
The ultimate goal for electrical research is the development of room-temperature and above superconductors. These materials will allow for massive amounts of power to be transmitted from point to another without leakage and, in the case of signals being sent, without degradation. Modern superconductors can be found in many applications, but they are limited because of the cooling systems also required to keep the material in a superconducting state. Room-temperature superconductors would not need that equipment and researchers at the University of Miami may have found a path towards them.
Despite the great amount of research into superconductors since their discovery, scientists still poorly understand how they function. The Miami researchers are proposing a new theory to explain superconductivity using superposition. They carefully examined what happens as a material loses its superconductivity and found that the system fragments itself, which prevents high-temperature superconductivity. However, the material can be made to enter into a superposition of multiple states which will hold these fragments together.
By describing a way to push the critical temperature of superconductors higher, this theory may open the door to room-temperature superconductors. Only time will tell as these and other researchers work toward that final goal.