Superconductor being prepared for AFM

Superconductor being prepared for AFM

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: High-temperature superconductor research. A researcher prepares a sample of a record-breaking superconductor for study in an atomic force microscope (AFM). The superconductor consists of atom- thick layers of bismuth calcium strontium cuprate in a crystal substrate, and becomes superconducting below 250 Kelvin (-23 Celsius). Achieved in late 1993, this is some 117 degrees warmer than the previous record. Photographed at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), near Paris, where the work was done.

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Keywords: afm, atomic force microscope, conductance, conducting, conductivity, conductor, high-tc superconductor, microscopy, physics, preparation, sample, superconductor

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