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New Element Found to Be a Superconductor


May 18, 2009

inside of the diamond cell 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

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