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By Horst Rogalla, Peter H. Kes

Even 100 years after its discovery, superconductivity keeps to deliver us new surprises, from superconducting magnets utilized in MRI to quantum detectors in electronics. 100 Years of Superconductivity offers a entire number of themes on approximately all of the subdisciplines of superconductivity. Tracing the ancient advancements in superconductivity, the publication comprises contributions from many pioneers who're accountable for vital steps ahead within the field.

The textual content first discusses attention-grabbing tales of the invention and slow growth of conception and experimentation. Emphasizing key advancements within the early Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, the e-book appears to be like at how superconductivity began to permeate society and the way such a lot of today’s functions are in line with the suggestions of these years. It additionally explores the true revolution that happened with the invention of hot temperature superconductors, resulting in rising purposes in strength garage and fusion reactors.

Superconductivity has turn into an enormous box and this full-color booklet exhibits how a long way it has are available in the previous a hundred years. in addition to reviewing major examine and experiments, best scientists proportion their perception and reports operating during this intriguing and evolving area.

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1: A crucial page from the entry for 8 April 1911 in Kamerlingh Onnes’s notebook 56. 0 K]” announcing the first observation of superconductivity. The sketch of the functioning stirrer is seen on the left page. ) When Kamerlingh Onnes took lab notes, he always started by writing down the date. In this case: the day was April 8, but he did not write the year! He dated the second experiment with mercury May 23, again without giving the year. It gets worse: Between those dates, he and Albert Perrier, a visitor from Lausanne, performed an entirely different experiment on the paramagnetism of liquid and solid oxygen.

For the Pb coil it was expected that the decay time would be more than 24 hours19 . To probe the decay of the current circulating in the closed loop after the induction magnet had been removed, he used a compass needle placed close to the cryostat and precisely to its east. To 17 18 19 H. Kamerlingh Onnes, Proc. 16 (1913) 113, Comm. 133a,b,c (Febr. 1913); Proc. 16 (1913) 113, Comm. 133d (May 1913) H. Kamerlingh Onnes, Proc. 16 (1914) 987, Comm. 139f (Febr. 1914) H. Kamerlingh Onnes, Proc. 17 (1914) 12, 278, 514, Comm.

Says the notebook, the resistances of gold and mercury were determined again. ” The notebook further records that the helium level stood quite still (“Staat helemaal stil”). The experiments continued into the late afternoon. ” The temperature had been surprisingly hard to control. 8 K] was reached, the boiling suddenly stopped and was replaced by evaporation in which the liquid visibly shrank. 2 K. Two different quantum transitions had been seen for the first time, in one lab on one and the same day!

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