su·​per·​con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ˌsü-pər-ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē, -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 \ noun

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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 The experimental discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in 1986 was one such time. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Winning the Scientific Lottery of Ideas," 23 Mar. 2017 In 1987, US senator Ernest Hollings (D-South Carolina) discussed the new science of superconductivity with Craig Fields, Darpa's deputy director at the time – and came away alarmed. Brian Alexander, WIRED, "Atomic Rulers of the World," 1 June 2001 Superconductivity, in which all electrical resistance vanishes in matter, is one example of such an effect. Dennis Overbye And Sewell Chan, New York Times, "Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded," 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of superconductivity

1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superconductivity

: 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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