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Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal

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  • By combining a novel metal, CeIrIn5, with a sapphire crystal, scientists can draw superconducting circuits into the crystal.
  • Until now, the superconducting states were virtually impossible to manipulate in superconductors.
  • CeIrIn5 has a unique property where some of it can be superconductive, while other parts of it retain a normal metallic state.
  • Scientists that discovered this have also created a model that enables the design of complex conducting patterns by varying the temperature of the material.
  • This could lead to new technologies, including a quantum version of a conventional transistor.

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