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Superconductor code unravelled

FUDAN University physicists have broken the code of a new type of superconducting material, which may lead to the discovery of a room-temperature superconductor.

The research findings have been published in Nature Material, a leading scientific journal, university officials announced yesterday.

Superconducting materials would allow laptops to run for a month without recharging due to the zero electrical resistance. And as the material can float on magnetic fields, superconducting cars could move hundreds of kilometers per hour. However, these projects require a room-temperature superconductor.

Fudan researchers unravelled the structure of a type of iron-based high-temperature superconductor, KxFe2Se2, which may lead to a lower temperature breakthrough.


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