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New Element Found to Be a Superconductor

May 18, 2009

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Of the 92 naturally occurring elements, add another to the list of those that are superconductors. James S. Schilling, Ph.D. and professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and Mathew Debessai, Ph.D., (and Schilling's doctoral student at the time) discovered that europium becomes superconducting at 1.8 K (-456° Fahrenheit) and 80 GPa (790,000 atmospheres) of pressure, making it the 53rd known elemental superconductor and the 23rd at high pressure Full Story

Washington University in St. Louis

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