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Superconductivity

Electrons in pairs? Levitating trains? Superconductivity - the combination of lossless electrical conduction and the ability of a material to expel a magnetic field - is a property that excites interest in fundamental science whilst offering tantalising prospects for a range of applications. In this teaching and learning package (TLP), we trace the history of superconductivity, outline some fundamental properties of superconductors, and describe current and potential applications of materials with this unusual property.

Cross-section of a multi-filament superconducting power cable

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You can also view and download the animations from this TLP at CORE-Materials
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First created: 14 August 2008. Last updated: 12 September 2008.