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29 October 2018

Superconductors - keep it in the family?

Author: Franziska Kirschner

Fran recently published a paper on an insightful family of superconductors, available here:
https://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.98.094505.
In this post, she explores what this work really means for superconductivity.

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20 October 2018

Energy Materials for a Low Carbon Future: Insights for the next Decade

Author: Leonardo Buizza

The venue – the Royal Society, just off Pall Mall in central London – was just as impressive as the list of speakers who were gathered to discuss technologies ranging from solid-state batteries through to thin-film perovskite tandem solar cells. Having run for several years as a meeting hosted by the University of Bath, the ‘Energy Materials for a Low Carbon Future’ meeting won a competition allowing it to be hosted by the Royal Society on the 17th-18th September.

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12 September 2018

A saga in magnetism

Author: Nathaniel Davies

I’ve more or less finished my DPhil now, working on magnetic materials with Professor Andrew Boothroyd – in fact, my viva was just a couple of weeks ago. While I was writing up, I was also finishing off a paper, which has recently appeared on the ArXiV. (The ArXiV is a massive online library of ‘pre-print’ or as yet unpublished papers.) The paper itself is quite dense and technical, but I think it gives a good insight into some of the less glamorous physics research we do! So let’s see what we can do by way of an explanation.

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