Physics Seminar: Practical Magic: Superconductivity in the 21st Century

Levitating Superconductor

Presented by: 
Dr. Matt Smylie  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physics
University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory

Superconductivity has fascinated and tantalized scientists for a century with its potential for applications, but nature’s rules of physics and man’s rules of economics have limited their usage to niche markets in the 100 years since the discovery of the effect. Recent technological and materials advancements and the rapidly growing demands for electrical energy in the economy of the 21st century, however, are changing the situation.

In this talk, we will discuss the physics of and the applications of superconductivity, and how Notre Dame researchers are partnering with scientists at National Laboratories to create high-performance materials that can satisfy the needs of our increasingly energy-intensive society.

This presentation is part of Our Universe Revealed, the public presentation series from the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. 

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