University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Wednesday, April 22nd 2009
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Paul Canfield (Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory)
Subject: Ending of the tyranny of copper: Intermetallic superconductivity in the post copper-oxide age.

In this colloquium I will present a broad overview of humanity's 100 year search for higher transition temperature, and generally more useful, superconductors. Particular emphasis will be placed on the past 20 years. The talk will start with an introduction to superconductivity (historically, phenomenological, and theoretically) and then progress through several of the key discoveries of the past one-score years. The basic conclusion is that this is a field that is still dominated by highly intuitive searches and sudden discoveries. That being said, the past decade has seen several discoveries that seem to point toward a very promising and rich phase space. The talk is intended to be a light and fluffy review of an exciting field. Mildly off color jokes about one and all will be included free of charge.

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