• In 2013, an international team discovered that when YBCO (yttrium barium copper oxide) is irradiated with infrared laser pulses it briefly becomes superconducting at room temperature
  • On the one hand, the new result helps to refine the still incomplete theory of high-temperature superconductors, on the other, it could assist materials scientists to develop new superconductors with higher critical temperatures
  • Until now, superconducting magnets, motors and cables must be cooled to temperatures far below zero with liquid nitrogen or helium.

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