Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Superconductivity in Space


Superconducting Material Discovered in Meteorite

Super:  Mundrabilla Meteorite

First Evidence of Superconductivity in Space
There is superconductivity in space naturally occurring.  That's the shocking discovery just made by scientists at the University of California San Diego.  The UC team led by Dr. Ivan Schuller found trace amounts of superconducting material in one of the world's largest meteorites, Mundrabilla that landed in Australia. It weighed 22 metric pounds and broke into pieces on impact.   The superconducting material found in Mundrabilla is a known alloy of indium, lead and tin.  But the fact that it is contained in a meteorite came as a shock.  This is the first evidence of superconductivity in space.


Coveted Material
Superconductors are materials that conduct electrical current without any resistance.  They are coveted by researchers developing quantum computers and by companies wanting to transfer energy with much greater efficiency.  The UC team has devised a method to quickly scan materials to see if they are a superconductor or not.  They are looking for superconductors everywhere, including in materials from space.

Space News
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