New record broken in low temperature superconductors with no electrical resistance

08/20/2015 - 15:46

Up until now, no material has been able to conduct current with no resistance at such high temperatures: Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz observed that hydrogen sulfide becomes superconductive at minus 70 degree Celsius—when the substance is placed under a pressure of 1.5 million bar. This corresponds to half of the pressure of the earth’s core. With their high pressure experiments the researchers in Mainz have thus not only set a new record for superconductivity—their findings have also highlighted a potential new way to transport current at room temperature with no loss.


Conventional superconductivity at 203 kelvin at high pressures in the sulfur hydride system. Nature (2015) | DOI:10.1038/nature14964