We urgently need new superconductors. Fortunately, new technology can make everything easier for us

We urgently need new superconductors. Fortunately, new technology can make everything easier for us
We urgently need new superconductors. Fortunately, new technology can make everything easier for us

Superconductors hold the key to further developing our technology

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Superconductors are those materials that allow the passage of electric current without offering any resistance and, therefore, without causing losses when doing so. The problem is that They are extremely rare to find and they do not usually operate at room temperature, so they must be subjected to a series of specific conditions so that they function in the most appropriate way possible. Recently there was talk of the discovery of a natural superconductor that had made history. Despite this, they are still extraordinarily rare materials, making them very difficult to obtain.

Now, according to an article published in Nano Letters by an international study of Russian, Chinese and Emirati researchers It has been possible to discern with greater capacity the most optimal way to find these superconductors. Although it seems like a task just as arduous as the one we usually see when news about these issues comes out.

The technology to find new superconductors

The superconductors They are not a new technology., exist and are used repeatedly for practically everything. However, they need to operate at very low temperaturesmaking them very difficult to apply to issues such as computing or consumer technology except in places very specific in which there is cutting-edge technology and no expense has been spared. However, if it could be used in consumer technology we could find that They are going to change our mobile phones forever.

Now, it seems that this could begin to happen, since a team has identified the ideal way to develop superconductors and it all has to do with correct application of pressure on different materials. In this case, they have specifically managed to convert TiS3 (Titanium Trisulfide), a material that is widely known for being a high-level superconductor. in a superconductor. To do this, the key has been to subject it to pressures greater than 70 gigapascals, that is, well above the natural pressures of our planet Earth.

The application of this pressure was slow and gradual, causing his abilities to be slowly altered by this change. It was, therefore, an arduous task and not free of errors, but it has opened the door to a new way of understanding the functioning of metals and that could change the way we relate to superconductors from now on, as it could lead to the constant discovery of new superconducting materials that can operate at higher temperatures than we thought.

It is not a simple process, and we repeatedly see how The scientific community is trying to develop new superconductors but normally some are necessary very high development costs that end up making these new products inefficient. Milestones have been achieved, such as the world’s first superconducting cable, but it continues to require excessive use of technology, which significantly increases its production costs. For this reason, there is still a long way to go in terms of research and development of new superconductors. at room temperature.

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