su·​per·​con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce superconductivity (audio) , -kən-\

Definition of superconductivity

: a complete disappearance of electrical resistance in a substance especially at very low temperatures

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superconductor \ ˌsü-​pər-​kən-​ˈdək-​tər How to pronounce superconductor (audio) \ noun

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The problem had eluded explanation since superconductivity was discovered in 1911. New York Times, "David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies," 11 May 2018 One of Buck’s wild ideas was based on a property called superconductivity: the disappearance of electrical resistance in some materials when they are cooled to an extremely low temperature (think -450 Fahrenheit). Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "‘The Cryotron Files’ Review: Taking the Cold War to Subzero," 11 Oct. 2018 But in superconductivity—a state of matter that, at least for now, requires very low temperatures—electrons learn to cooperate. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Swimming on Atomic and Cosmic Levels," 9 Aug. 2018 David Hsieh, a condensed matter physicist at the California Institute of Technology, creates photoinduced superconductivity in a type of material (known as a Mott insulator) that becomes insulating at very cold temperatures. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018 Unfortunately, the superconductivity thereby induced does not last much longer. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018 This discovery that graphene is capable of superconductivity opens up a new avenue of research for superconductor scientists. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Discover Graphene Is a Superconductor," 7 Mar. 2018 Bardeen received a second Nobel Prize in 1972, with Leon Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer, for explaining superconductivity — that certain metals can conduct electrical current at temperatures close to absolute zero. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "University of Wisconsin alum created the first working transistor 70 years ago," 13 Dec. 2017 Dr. Thouless and Dr. Kosterlitz worked together at the University of Birmingham in the 1970s to investigate what happens when two-dimensional films of matter shift from one exotic phase, like superconductivity, to another. Dennis Overbye And Sewell Chan, New York Times, "Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded," 4 Oct. 2016

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superconductivity

technical : the ability of something (such as a metal) to allow electricity to flow through it easily especially at very low temperatures

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