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Breakthrough: Laser light transforms material into a superconductor

• Terrence Aym
For decades researchers have been searching for a way to achieve superconductivity other than bringing special materials down to a temperature near absolute zero. Now Oxford University researchers report non-superconducting material can be made a superconductor by using laser light. Professor Andrea Cavalleri of the Department of Physics at Oxford University—and the Max Planck Department for Structural Dynamics, Hamburg, Germany—worked with a team from Germany and Japan. They confirmed signatures of superconductivity after beaming intense laser light at a non-superconducting material.

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