How to get the best of both worlds when you want to build a superconducting superconductor
Lithium is a superconditon.
You can make one by heating it up to hundreds of thousands of degrees Celsius (2,300 degrees Fahrenheit) and then condensing it into an electrically insulating layer.
You’d need about 20 times as much of the material as it would take to make a conventional supercondition.
This is a good thing, since a supercomputer can compute at a rate that would take up to 20 years to perform.
But it can also be dangerous.
A superconditor has no magnetic field, meaning it cannot be cooled or recharged.
The superconditions can also become unstable, leading to an explosion or other catastrophic failure.
But scientists have managed to build superconductors that can survive the harshest conditions.
If a supercapacitor can survive a blast, that could be a game changer.
Here’s how to build one, and see how the industry is building on the potential.
• Learn about superconductivity with this primer.