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S9. Recent Developments in Superconducting Materials and Applications



Recently, significant progress has been made worldwide in both application and fundamental understanding of high-temperature superconductors (HTS). For example, HTS (such as cuprates) wires and tapes have been commercially produced; advances continue to be made in fabrication and application of superconducting MgB2; and discovery of iron-based superconductors has set off an intense search for new superconductors with even higher transition temperature. However, challenges  remain to increase overall current carrying ability for applications and to correlate interplay between structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in these superconductors on micro-, meso-, and nanoscales for understanding the superconductivity mechanism. This symposium will cover recent developments in processing of superconducting materials, improved flux-pinning via structural and defect optimization, recent advances in discovery of new superconductors, and progress in understanding unconventional superconductivity. Development and status of applications, and associated materials science drivers and issues will also be addressed.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Issues related to the fabrication of low-cost and high-performance second generation coated conductors
  • Flux-pinning engineering in thick HTS films via structural and defect optimization
  • Processing and properties of cuprates, MgB2, and iron-based superconductors
  • New superconducting materials and phenomena
  • Characterization of structural, magnetic, and superconducting properties
  • Electronic structure and superconductivity mechanism
  • AC-losses
  • Applications and related material issues including wire properties


Symposium Organizers

  • Gang Wang, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Xingjiang Zhou, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Tim Haugan, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
  • Haiyan Wang, Texas A&M University, USA


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