DailyDirt: Closer To Understanding Superconductivity

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The phenomenon of superconductivity could be extremely useful -- if the materials that exhibit the behavior could do so at ambient conditions. The first material discovered to conduct electricity with no resistance was mercury in 1911, but mercury requires temperatures below 10 °K to do this. In 1986, a high temperature superconductor was found that seemed to work around liquid nitrogen temperatures. We've made some progress pushing the limits of the superconductors we've made so far, and it looks like we may be on the cusp of a much better understanding these materials and how they work. Here are just a few links on the matter. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Dec 2014 @ 7:11am

    Re: Re: One reason for the lack of progress in understanding is ...

    Diamond based semi-conductors has nothing to do with superconductors. The reason that diamond based semi-conductors would run cooler is because diamond is an extremely good conductor of heat (approximately 5 times better than copper). So removing the heat generated within the semi-conductor would be far more effective than the current process with silicon based semi-conductors. In fact, there already are diamond heat spreaders used to transfer heat from the semi-conductor to the heat sink.

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