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August 30, 2006

Speculation: Room temperature superconductors : milestone to complete master of energy and matter

By getting superconducting theory right (or making enough progress from theory and better experiment), we could guide material design of room temperature superconductors, higher current density material, better electronics, better power grid, possible magnetically ground launched space craft.

Room-temperature superconductors would be an important milestone on the path to complete mastery (within the actual limits of physics) of information, light, energy, magnetism, and matter. (ILEMM control)

What seems doable with far greater mastery of ILEMM:
Molecular nanotechnology

Large scale Quantum computers (millions of qubits)

Large scale space structures for solar energy collection and propulsion

Magnetic formation flying
Magnetically inflated cable
Light sails and beamed propulsion

Advanced magsails. Able to be ground launched if current densities could go up about 100-1000 times from the best available now.
More on magsails
PDF on magsails

Advanced metamaterials

Antimatter storage and harvesting work could eventually lead to the large scale creation of artificial mini-magnetospheres to allow antimatter to be created and collected.

2 comments:

Chuck the Lucky said...

"Room-temperature superconductors would be an important milestone on the path to complete mastery (within the actual limits of physics) of information, light, energy, magnetism, and matter. (ILEMM control)"

This might be true in a relative sense but it could take a long time to go from having the knowledge to mastering the art. Artificial intelligence might make the gap smaller though; the kind that is still early in lab development not the kind that is in industrial use.

bw said...

Definitely complete master of ILEMM is a long and continuous process with no end.

Room-temp superconductors and how long it takes to convert from knowledge to mastery of the art. It will depend upon how actually easy it is to make the room-temp superconductors.

I am thinking that it will take some combined materials with molecular precision. We have some designer materials now. I would guess 10-20 years to see it roll out wide from the date that we have the theory.

But giving us better less than room temp superconductors or low resistance material would happen sooner and ramp up the industry