Visualizing how radiation bombardment boosts superconductivity

22 mayo 2015

A new study shows how heavy-ion induced atomic-scale defects in iron-based superconductors «pin» potentially disruptive quantum vortices, enabling high currents to flow unimpeded. The study opens a new way forward for designing and understanding superconductors that can operate in demanding high-current, high magnetic field applications, such as zero-energy-loss power transmission lines and energy-generating turbines.