For the first time, a team of scientists say they have built a superconducting material – one that allows a completely unimpeded flow of electricity – that works at room temperature.
This has been a major goal of physicists for decades and has long been considered impossible, MIT Technology Review reports. But now supercondensed material has managed to act as a superconductor at 58 degrees Fahrenheit – the first to work at freezing temperatures – alluding to a world with a lossless power grid, high-speed levitating trains and quantum computers that are actually useful.
The material had to be produced in such extreme conditions that even the scientists at the University of Rochester who did it did not fully understand it, With Tech reports.
According to a study by the team published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the material is a mixture of carbon, sulfur and hydrogen, which was broken at about 2.5 million times the air pressure of the Earth̵
The superconductor is currently too small to be useful. But if it works on a larger scale and under less pressure, it will give us the tools to radically rethink our energy and technology infrastructure to be cleaner, more efficient and more powerful.
“We live in a semiconductor society, and with this kind of technology, you can turn society into a superconducting society where you will never need things like batteries again,” co-author Ashkan Salamat of the University of Nevada Las Vegas said in a press release.
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