Thursday 24th July from 6pm (NZST): Live from Auckland Museum, Auckland NZ. New Zealand is poised at the forefront of the huge new industry based on high-temperature superconductors.
The problem with superconductivity – the ability to conduct electricity with no resistance – has been that most materials only display this behaviour at hundreds of degrees below freezing. So far the best known applications of superconductors have been MRI scans and test high-speed magnetic-levitation trains. The third Ten by Ten talk will outline how New Zealand scientists have been pivotal in the slow task of making superconductors more practical: finding materials that superconduct at significantly higher temperatures, making superconducting
wires less brittle, and helping us understand the complex and still-mysterious physics involved.