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College of Arts & Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

Public Lecture: "The Dark Energy of Condensed Matter Physics: High-Temperature Superconductivity"

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00

Sponsored By:

The SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics

Location and Details:

W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (Room #101)
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208


5:30 pm


Dr. Laura H. Greene
President of the American Physical Society
Chief Scientist, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Francis Eppes Professor of Physics, Florida State University



Superconductivity is a fascinating quantum mechanical phenomenon, which, at low temperatures, allows transmission of electrical power with no loss, magnetic levitation, and other intriguing phenomena.  Conventional superconductivity was discovered in 1911, but was not solved until 1957.  High-temperature superconductivity, discovered in 1986, is only one family in the dozens of families of unconventional superconductors discovered in 1979 (original theory dates back to 1952); which remain, surprisingly, unsolved.  Including some demos, I will define what a superconductor is, what "solved" means, describe some of the bizarre behavior of electrons in unconventional superconductors, and the analogy in my title.

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