Accession Number:

ADA009004

Title:

Search for a Room Temperature Superconductor,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

A new model for a room temperature superconductor based on a sandwich or inclusion compound is discussed. It is reinforced by findings of areas of superconductivity in the sodium salts of cholic, desoxycholic, lithocholic and cholanic acids. An extrapolation of a plot of the value of transition temperature versus the average number of valence electronsnumber of atoms of the steroids showed that cholesterol, present in large quantities in the brain and wall of nerve cells, should be superconductive at room temperature. Cholesterol, however, does not have the complete postulated structure required. A study of nerve cell conductivity indicated that sodium ions were being shuttled back and forth across the cell membrane at a definite pulsed rate. These, by being stationed at key positions in the cholesterol channel could satisfy the theoretical and empirical requirements for room temperature superconductivity.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE