French high-temperature superconductor

French high-temperature superconductor

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Caption: Record-breaking high-temperature superconductor. A sample of a new superconducting material seen at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where it was created in late 1993. This material contains atom-thick layers of bismuth calcium strontium cuprate in a crystal substrate. It becomes superconducting below 250 Kelvin (-23 Celsius). This is some 117 degrees warmer than the previous record. The material was created using molecular beam epitaxy by the UPR5 research team, led by Michel Lagues, at CNRS, near Paris.

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