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Canada Science Technology

Canadian Scientists Bind High-Temp Superconductor Components With Scotch Tape 97

Posted by timothy
from the move-over-duct-tape dept.
First time accepted submitter halightw writes "Scotch tape really can fix anything according to a new study where it was used to induce super conductivity by taping two pieces of material together. A "proximity effect" occurs when a superconducting material is able to induce superconducting behavior in a second material — a semiconductor that does not typically enjoy superconductivity." All that and X-rays, too. Related: An anonymous reader writes "Scientist at University of Leipzig in Germany claim to have measured room-temperature superconducting in specially treated graphite grains. The measurements were reproduced independently before the announcement was made. More tests need to be done to verify the extent of superconductivity and whether the effect can be extended and scaled to be practical."
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Canadian Scientists Bind High-Temp Superconductor Components With Scotch Tape

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  • Re:2nd Summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by MozeeToby (1163751) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @12:19PM (#41324971)

    Well, the high temp super conductor research is extremely speculative and not at all practical. Thats not to say it isn't interesting and doesn't raise interesting questions, it is and it does.

    The first problem is the practicality. The superconductivity they are reporting happens where two tiny grains of graphite meet (the soaking and baking part is, essentially, just to get them to meet in the right way, though I suppose trapped water molecules could also play a roll). Disturbing that interface destroys the superconductivity. There's no way to wire two points together using this effect, which makes it essentially useless from a practicality standpoint.

    Which leads directly to the research's speculative nature. They can't wire two points together (not even tiny, tiny lengths) so there's no way to actually measure the resistance. They are claiming superconductivity based on an observed phase transition in magnetic properties when a field is applied. The transition they see is consistent with superconductivity, but most people wouldn't call it a silver bullet, "yes we are absolutely sure" kind of evidence. It could be some other effect we don't know about, in which case - NEATO! something new to study, or it could be superconductivity, in which case - NEATO! we've proved room temperature superconductors are empirically possible, we have an example to study which might pave the way.

  • Re:2nd Summary (Score:4, Informative)

    by MozeeToby (1163751) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @12:21PM (#41324989)

    The cool thing about this is, if true, you could verify it in your kitchen.

    Not really, the superconductive spots are tiny, far too tiny to actually measure resistance across. The researchers are claiming superconductivity based on magnetic effects, which while very interesting, isn't exactly something you'd do in your kitchen.

  • by Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @01:47PM (#41325821) Homepage
    Here is the abstract [uni-leipzig.de] from the work done in Leipzig. Also if you happen to have access to Wiley Online Library or Wiley InterScience you can read the full publication here [wiley.com], I don't so I am not sure if that gets you all the way there or not.

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