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A group of South Korean physicists announced last week that they had developed LK-99, a room-temperature superconductor that has the potential to revolutionize science. A breakthrough like this could lead to the creation of fusion power, next-generation batteries, and quantum computers.

About superconductor LK-99

In one of two preprint articles detailing their findings that were posted online, the authors stated, “We believe that our new development will be a brand-new historical event that establishes a new age for humanity. Both works have not yet been published by a journal after going through peer assessment.

Since the announcement, there has been more anticipation and excitement for the new technology than there has been since ChatGPT’s debut. Experts of varied degrees have concurred with the South Korean team’s assertion that it is comparable to “walking through a keyhole for humanity” and is a “watershed moment for humanity on par with the transistor’s invention,”

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It’s probably also utter BS.

Physicist Jens Koch of Northwestern University told The Daily Beast, “I take [the announcement] with the proverbial grain of salt, though this particular grain seems closer to the size of a rock.” In the past, revolutionary claims in this field of study had to be retracted since they could not withstand more thorough scrutiny.

Some of my coworkers have already voiced concerns about the numbers provided by the South Korean group, the speaker continued.I’ll believe it if or when I see proof of it.

You must first comprehend the enormous difficulties underlying this development in order to comprehend Koch’s and other experts’ doubts. Typically, metal wires consisting of materials like copper, steel, or even gold are used to conduct electricity. However, as the electrical current passes through it, the electrons strike atoms and bounce off of them, losing energy in the process.

Superconductors are substances that carry electricity with no resistance, preventing the atomic jostling that frequently takes place in typical conductors. Typically, this is accomplished by either applying severe pressures to the materials that are similar to the deepest parts of the ocean, or by chilling superconductors to extremely low temperatures close to 0 degrees Kelvin, or close to “absolute zero,” when all atomic movement ceases.

Superconductors can be used in a relatively small number of practical applications, yet they do exist. A good example of equipment that makes use of superconductors is the MRIs used in hospitals. Koch said that if superconductor could run at room temperature instead of requiring and costing liquid nitrogen cooling, a lot more technology and electrical infrastructure based on them might be possible. It’s “a game changer!”

Although attempts to create a room-temperature superconductor have been made for a long time, they have so far failed, and claims of achievement have not been verified by other scientists. The assertions made by the South Korean team are currently being tested in a number of facilities and by independent scientists.

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Video of LK -99 super conductivity

A video depicting a piece of the superconducting material on a magnet was published by the LK-99 team. But only one edge makes contact the entire time, and eventually the entire object even collapses.

numerous universities efforts

At numerous universities throughout the world, efforts are being made to replicate the findings of Superconductor , according to Koch. In plain English, other research teams must demonstrate that the substance in question can be produced [according to the instructions provided in the preprint] and that tests of its properties do in fact detect superconductivity.At numerous universities throughout the world, efforts are being made to replicate the findings, according to Koch. In plain English, other research teams must demonstrate that the substance in question can be produced [according to the instructions provided in the preprint] and that tests of its properties do in fact detect superconductivity.

The attempts to reproduce the findings up to this point have mostly failed or have had varying degrees of success. For instance, the LK-99 team’s method was employed by a team at Beihang University in China’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, but they did not achieve the same outcomes. Similar failure was experienced by a team from the National Physical Laboratory of India.

One of the more creative attempts was made by an engineer named Andrew McCalip from the startup Varda Space in the space business. He streamed the attempt live on Twitch. He too, though, was a failure.

One of the more creative attempts was made by an engineer named Andrew McCalip from the startup Varda Space in the space business. He streamed the attempt live on Twitch. He too, though, was a failure.

Yet another preprint study from a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researcher, which hasn’t yet undergone peer review, claims that the results may be replicated through simulation. It doesn’t directly replicate the experiment, but it does give LK-99 and its veracity more credibility.

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Meissner effect

There are a few aspects about the findings themselves that experts find concerning. One is the issue of the Meissner effect, which refers to the ability of superconducting material to completely levitate when placed on top of a magnet. If it does, it would be still another strong indication that the substance is indeed superconducting. A video depicting a piece of the superconducting material on a magnet was published by the LK-99 team. But only one edge makes contact the entire time, and eventually the entire object even collapses.

The team argues that this is because the material has flaws, which cause this. However, some specialists think it’s more likely that the substance is diamagnetic, which means it repels magnetic fields, rather than superconductive at all.

for future

The process is still in its early phases, though. We might actually witness the unlocking of the next generation of energy production if the LK-99 experiment is confirmed and duplicated by a reputable organization (or perhaps a cunning Twitch streamer). But for the time being, it would be wiser to heed Koch’s warning and treat these claims with a huge grain of salt. its all about the superconductors.

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