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College of Arts and Sciences

Physics and Astronomy Public Lecture

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:30pm

Location: W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business

Speaker: Dr. Laura H. Greene, President of the American Physical Society, Chief Scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Frances Eppes Professor of Physics, Florida State University

Topic: The Dark Energy of Condensed Matter Physics: High-Temperature Superconductivity

Abstract: Superconductivity is a fascinating quantum mechanical phenomenon, which at low temperatures, allows transmission of electrical power with no loss, magnetic levitation, and other intriguing phenomena. Conventional superconductivity was discovered in 1911, but was not solved until 1957. High-temperature superconductivity, discovered in 1986, is only one family in the dozens of families of unconventional superconductors discovered in 1979 (original theory dates back to 1952); which remains surprisingly, unsolved. Including some demos, I will define what a superconductor is, what “solved” means, describe some of the bizarre behavior of electrons in unconventional superconductors, and the analogy in my title.

This public lecture will celebrate the launch of the Richard A. Webb Condensed Matter Symposium Series at the University of South Carolina.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy 

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