July 3, 2012
University of Huddersfield
Researchers have discovered a new class of exotic unconventional superconductors. When a superconductor is cooled below its 'critical temperature', the fluid of electrons, which is responsible for the conduction of electricity through the material, undergoes a radical re-organization. The electrons form 'Cooper pairs' and these Cooper pairs condense into a single, collective quantum state, which means they all behave as a single entity. This allows the manifestation of quantum-mechanical effects, which are normally confined to the world of sub-microscopic particles, on a scale that is visible to the naked eye.
The atomic-scale crystal structure of LaNiGa2.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Huddersfield
Researchers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and at the universities of Kent, Bristol and Huddersfield, in England, have discovered a new class of very exotic unconventional superconductors.
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- A. D. Hillier, J. Quintanilla, B. Mazidian, J. F. Annett, and R. Cywinski. Nonunitary triplet pairing in the centrosymmetric superconductor LaNiGa2. Physical Review Letters, 2012
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