One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A substance capable of becoming superconducting at sufficiently low temperatures.
- ‘Visitors can look at mono-crystals used for optics and electronics, biomaterials and superconductors.’
- ‘A computational search is well under way for superconductors with higher critical temperatures than substances already found in the laboratory.’
- ‘And superconductive material is the opposite of an insulator: an insulator stops electricity, but a superconductor will allow electricity to flow freely through them.’
- 1.1 A substance in the superconducting state.‘as they are cooled through a critical temperature, they suddenly become superconductors’
- ‘Squid is an acronym for Superconducting Quantum Interference Device, a method developed to detect tiny fluctuations in magnetic fields using a superconductor cooled by liquid helium.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the predictions were overly optimistic and there are many inherent problems that must be overcome before the full potential of ceramic superconductors is realized.’
- ‘These superconductors usually contain more oxygen atoms than predicted by valence theory.’
- ‘Why certain ceramic compounds become superconductors at relatively high temperatures still baffles the world's physicists.’
- ‘Currently, so-called high-temperature superconductors must be cooled with liquid nitrogen to at least - 225F.’
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