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Colloquium - POSTPONED - No Colloquium Today (Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going)
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POSTPONED - NO COLLOQUIUM TODAY
Robert J. Cava
Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton NJ USA
Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going
The discovery of superconductivity, the transmission of electrical current with zero energy loss, recently passed its 100th anniversary. This truly remarkable property of matter, found at cryogenic temperatures, has made its way into a variety of important uses in modern society, but nature has not yet given us the ultimate practical material that will change the world through its lossless transmission of electrical energy over long distances. Research on this complex problem in materials science persists at many levels, and progress is continuously made on both scientific and practical fronts, in spite of the impatience that is often displayed by both the scientific and lay public, who typically prefer immediate rather than delayed gratification. In this talk I will briefly describe where we are in this field, and how we got here, and describe the vision that some have had for where we should be going. Because my personal research is in the discovery of new superconducting materials, only one facet among the larger set of fundamental and practical issues currently under study in superconductivity, the talk will be given from that perspective.