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Superconductivity

Published Sunday, April 1, 1990

This POSTnote describes superconductivity and its potential, and examines the UK response with reference to similar efforts abroad. POSTnote 12. POST. 1990

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Superconductivity hit the headlines in 1986 when IBM researchers working in Switzerland broke through a barrier which had restricted development and application of this technology for 60 years. Since then, most leading industrial nations have launched research to develop, understand and apply the phenomenon.

This POSTnote describes the scientific breakthrough and its potential, and examines the UK response with reference to similar efforts abroad.

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Topics: Electricity, Science

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