Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
Superconductivity at room temperature: A dream becomes reality for a split second
Först, M.; Mankowsky, R.; Kaiser, S.; Hu, W.; Cavalleri, A.
Max-Planck-Institut für Struktur und Dynamik der Materie, Hamburg
SummarySuperconductors carry an electric current without resistance only at low temperatures. Now, for the first time, scientists have turned a ceramic crystal into a superconductor even at room temperature, using an ultrashort mid-infrared flash of light. The superconducting state survived only for a couple of picoseconds (millionth of a microsecond), and the researchers found that this light-induced state is based on certain distortions of the material’s crystal lattice. These findings may aid the quest for higher temperature superconductors and pave the way for novel applications.