Search for New Superconductors for Energy and Power Applications
Final rept. 15 Jul 2009-14 Jul 2014
CALIFORNIA UNIV REGENTS SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA CA
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The search for new materials with interesting properties is probably the most challenging problem in modern condensed matter and materials physics. Important developments in the physics of condensed matter usually start with the discovery of an interesting phenomenon and it is probably safe to state that without the material there is no physics. This extends to many interesting phenomena including magnetism, ferroelectricity, superionicity etc. Perhaps one of the most intensely explored phenomena, superconductivity, relied mostly on the almost accidental discoveries of new superconductors. The SuperSearch for New Superconductors MURI project departs from this motivated by the BAA 13 on Search for New Superconductors for Energy and Power Applications. We developed a novel methodology for an enlightened search for new materials, using a combination of Synthesis and Screening techniques. While no single approach can assure the discovery of new classes of superconductors, our proposal established a rational methodology for the search for new superconductors. We developed the methodology described in the original proposal, we have discovered a large number of new superconductors, have provided a search service to many researchers world wide, and continue the search in many new systems.
- Electricity and Magnetism