This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and fundamental physics of superconducting materials and devices.
This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and fundamental physics of superconducting materials and devices. It includes work on superconducting electromagnets and has close links to research into entangled quantum systems and into cryogenics. This also includes theoretical and computational research.
Researchers from the superconductivity community have diversified their interests and many now work on research captured by other areas. For example, Condensed matter: electronic structure includes research on correlated electron systems, which requires a similar range of expertise as superconductivity research.
This diversification has seen a reduction in proposals for research related specifically to the superconductivity research area and we expect to see a continuation of this trend as an increasing number of researchers investigate the uses of superconducting materials. We will monitor this trend and refresh it in the light of any significant developments.
There have been substantial developments in the field of superconductivity globally and we will continue to keep the latest developments under review and assess how they should shape our approach going forward.
- continue to support researchers working on the fundamental physics of superconducting materials, on new materials opportunities opened up by the recent increases in Tc and on problems such as the origins of high-temperature superconductivity
- encourage links with those looking to use superconducting materials
- encourage members of the community working on superconducting quantum devices to be responsive to changes in the global quantum technology landscape – this will maximise opportunities for impact.