Researchers at the University at Buffalo have successfully placed high-temperature superconducting thin and thick films onto stainless steel at 450 degees Celsius, the lowest processing temperature for that material.
The procedure will allow them to create flexible superconducting wire to be used in the production of power transmission lines. In the future, the wire may be used to produce coils used in large superconducting magnets for energy storage.
The team of researchers, headed by David Shaw, director of the state Institute on Superconductivity at UB, presented their paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' 16th Conference on Plasma Science, which ends today in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
Shaw's group was the first in the country to attain the goal of reducing the processing temperature to below 500 degrees Celsius so the new material can be used for applications on microelectronic and electro-optical devices.
The other researchers on the team included Hoi Sing Kwok, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Sarath Witanachchi, a graduate student.
Many of the world's foremost researchers in plasma science were scheduled to participate in the conference, which has been sponsored by UB, Calspan Corp. and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.
More than 400 papers in all areas of plasma science will have been presented by the end of the conference. Plasma science is the study of gases in an electrical discharge. Lightning is an example of plasma.
A highlight of the program is today's scheduled presentation of a paper by Carlo Rubbia, a Nobel laureate and senior scientist at CERN, the European Organization of Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. Rubbia shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in physics with Simon van der Merr for their contributions to the discovery of three sub-atomic particles.
Rubbia was scheduled to deliver his paper at 9:40 a.m. this morning in the grand ballroom of the Hyatt. The title is "Particle Accelerator Developments and Their Applicability to Ignition Devices for Inertial Fusion."