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== Superinsulators ==
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== Superinsulators ==
  
<p>A superinsulator is a material that at low temperatures (and possible combinations of other conditions) has a near infinite resistance. The superinsulating state has many parallels to the [[Superconductors|Superconducting]] state, and can be destroyed (in a sudden phase transition) by increased temperature, magnetic fields and voltage. <br>The superinsulating state was first observed on 7 April 2008 by American scientist Valerii Vinokur and Russian scientist Tatyana Baturina at Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with several European institutions. It occurred in a titanium nitride film.<br>This discovery opens new directions of inquiry in condensed matter physics and breaks ground for a new generation of microelectronics. </p>
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[[Image:Superinsulator.jpeg|thumb|right|Argonne National Laboratory]]
  
<p><br>See the article in the March 2010 IEEE Spectrum Magazine, page 11.<br>http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/materials/scientists-solve-mystery-of-superinsulators</p>
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A superinsulator is a material that at low temperatures (and possible combinations of other conditions) has a near infinite resistance. The superinsulating state has many parallels to the [[Superconductors|superconducting]] state, and can be destroyed (in a sudden phase transition) by increased temperature, magnetic fields and voltage.  
  
<p>The IEEE has a Society closely aligned [[IEEE_Council_on_SuperConductivity_History|here]].<br>&nbsp;</p>
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The superinsulating state was first observed on 7 April 2008 by American scientist Valerii Vinokur and Russian scientist Tatyana Baturina at Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with several European institutions. It occurred in a titanium nitride film.  
  
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This discovery opens new directions of inquiry in condensed matter physics and breaks ground for a new generation of microelectronics.
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See the article in the March 2010 IEEE Spectrum Magazine, page 11.<br>http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/materials/scientists-solve-mystery-of-superinsulators
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The IEEE has a Society closely aligned [[IEEE Council on SuperConductivity History|here]].
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Superinsulators

Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory

A superinsulator is a material that at low temperatures (and possible combinations of other conditions) has a near infinite resistance. The superinsulating state has many parallels to the superconducting state, and can be destroyed (in a sudden phase transition) by increased temperature, magnetic fields and voltage.

The superinsulating state was first observed on 7 April 2008 by American scientist Valerii Vinokur and Russian scientist Tatyana Baturina at Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with several European institutions. It occurred in a titanium nitride film.

This discovery opens new directions of inquiry in condensed matter physics and breaks ground for a new generation of microelectronics.

See the article in the March 2010 IEEE Spectrum Magazine, page 11.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/materials/scientists-solve-mystery-of-superinsulators

The IEEE has a Society closely aligned here.