Departmental Colloquium: George Crabtree
"100 years of Superconductivity: Part I--The Surprising Science""
The field of superconductivity was launched 100 years ago by the unexpected discovery that the resistivity of mercury vanishes at 4.2 K. This singular event opened the door to a host of continuing surprises, experimental and theoretical, that have seen the superconducting transition temperature rise to 164 K, the number of superconducting materials grow to include half the periodic table, and applications such as medical diagnosis through MRI, cell phone communication through high performance filters, and power applications
in the electricity grid. This series of three lectures given in two colloquia on September 14 and 28 will highlight the surprising history of superconductivity, and present its modern-day challenges in strongly correlated electrons, the copper oxide high temperature superconductors, and novel materials for applications.
Refreshments will be served at 2:30pm in 2214 SES