Scotch Tape Simple Semi-conductor Physics First

A first for physics: inducing superconductivity in a semi-conductor with Scotch Tape

University of Toronto U of T News, Kim Luke

(…)An international team led by University of Toronto physicists has developed a simple new technique to induce high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor for the first time – using Scotch Tape.

The method paves the way for new devices that could be used in quantum computing and to improve energy efficiency.

“Who would have thought simply sticking things together can generate entirely new effects?” said team leader and U of T physicist Ken Burch.

High-temperature superconductors are materials that conduct electricity without heating up or losing energy at liquid nitrogen temperatures. Used to transmit electricity with low loss, these superconductors are also the building blocks of the next generation of devices such as quantum computers. (…)  http://news.utoronto.ca/first-physics-inducing-superconductivity-semi-conductor-scotch-tape

 

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