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Atomic-scale Visualization of Electrons Confirms Superconductor Theory


May 3, 2012

3-D graph of three energy bands Researchers have experimentally confirmed key theoretical predictions about how iron-based high-temperature superconductors behave. Superconductivity was first discovered in metals cooled to temperatures very near absolute zero. Recently discovered compounds of iron, arsenic and other elements become superconductors at much higher temperatures, offering a possible new route to room-temperature superconductivity. Full Story

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