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June 11, 2010

Nanoparticles of Tin have 60% Stronger Superconducting Properties

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Enhanced superconductivity has been observed in 1-50 nanometer sized particles of tin.
[Nanowerk coverage] Quantum effects in the tiny particles can intensify superconductivity up to 60 %, but only if a "magical" size is reached that can be predicted accurately. These results provide new starting points for superconductivity at room temperature.

Materials that carry current without loss would save a lot of energy. Superconductor are capable of doing so, however, the best superconductors first give up their resistance at a temperature below 170 degrees Celsius. The team of researchers has now succeeded in increasing the critical temperature below which a material becomes a superconductor by creating nanoparticles of a specific size.


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