New Superconducting Material Defies Known Scientific Theories

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University are investigating a material that is a superconductor, but it acts in ways that don’t follow accepted theory.

The discoveries could lead to a whole new way of looking at developing much more advanced forms of electronics than could ever have been predicted based on old theories.

This Strange Superconducting Material Can’t Be Explained by Current Theories

At low temperatures, strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is able to conduct electricity without any resistance.

The fact it isn’t a metal and can still accomplish this has long been a mystery. Now physicists have their first clues on why it defies current theories on superconducting materials, and it just might set the stage for a revolution in electronics.

New research lead by the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University has found strontium titanate behaves in a weirdly opposite way to superconducting metals.

Ironically, it helps explain why it is a superconductor itself.

“This is a system where everything is upside down,” says Stanford physicist Harold Hwang.

To understand this topsy-turvy nature of this crystalline substance, we need to step back and look at what conventionally makes a material conduct electricity with virtually zero effort.

For electrons to get from point A to point B, they usually need to jump through a jostling crowd of atoms under the pull of two different voltages.

Even if you chill the atoms into standing still, most materials will still tug on the stream of electrons to some degree, requiring energy to shove them through

This Strange Superconducting Material Can’t Be Explained by Current Theories
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