Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Key advance in understanding 'pseudogap' phase in high-Tc superconductors

Key advance in understanding 'pseudogap' phase in high-Tc superconductors: "Scientists have been trying for some 20 years to understand why the low temperature at which copper-oxide superconductors carry current with no resistance can't be increased to be closer to room temperature. Recently, scientists have focused on trying to understand and control an electronic phase called the "pseudogap" phase, which is non-superconducting and is observed at a temperature above the superconducting phase. But what form of electronic order (if any) characterizes the pseudogap phase has remained a frustrating and challenging mystery."

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