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

Examples of superconductivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some researchers now believe machine learning could help researchers take larger and faster steps toward a master electron equation that would unlock the secrets of novel drugs, superconductivity and exotic materials. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 Cooper pairs are necessary to get superconductivity to work. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 Scientists are also using megalibraries to identify structures with important physical properties like magnetism, luminescence and high-temperature superconductivity. Chad Mirkin, Scientific American, 9 Oct. 2021 The discovery, led by Andrea Young and Haoxin Zhou of the University of California, Santa Barbara, could reset discussions about superconductivity in graphene. Quanta Magazine, 14 June 2021 Nevertheless, superconductivity has become incredibly important in enabling certain technological breakthroughs. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Quark matter might have even more peculiar properties: it is expected to be similar to the state of electrons in a metal, and perhaps even exhibit a type of superconductivity. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 But the evidence for conventional superconductivity is not conclusive. Quanta Magazine, 14 June 2021 Unlike standard electron pairings, skyrmion couples bind tightly for highly efficient superconductivity. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of superconductivity

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Superconductivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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