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14 June 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The dark energy of quantum materials, a public talk from Professor Laura Greene, on her exciting research area.

This talk is open to everyone. It is, however, primarily aimed at a GCSE/A-Level audience with an interest in science.

Superconductors are fascinating quantum materials with applications that include the lossless transmission of electrical power, levitating trains, making huge magnetic fields, and detecting the tiniest magnetic fields.

Conventional superconductors were discovered in 1911 but the theoretical explanation did not come until 1957. High temperature superconductivity, discovered in 1986, is unconventional and we still don’t have a theory that explains it. There are dozens of other types of unconventional superconductors that we cannot explain.

In this lecture, Professor Greene will explore superconductivity and the bizarre behaviours of some quantum materials, and show some of the transformative applications. She will explain in simple terms what we do know, and give a perspective of how much we still have to learn. Superconductivity reminds her of the universe itself: we use it every day, it’s very useful, and mostly, we don’t know much about it!

For further information and to book – see https://the-dark-energy-of-quantum-materials.eventbrite.co.uk


  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway Campus , Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX
  • United Kingdom

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