University of Texas Creates 2 Atom Thick Lead Superconducting Sheet
Researchers at the University of Texas have created super-thin sheets of lead — merely 2 atoms thick — that are capable of superconducting. The material is the thinnest superconductor created to date.
Charge moves across the new material, as in other superconductors, via Cooper pairs, a pair of electrons dancing across the surface. Typically this movement can occur in three dimensions. The new material is novel in that it confines the movement to two directions, making it easier to control and providing more applications.
Dr. Ken Shih who led the research describes, “To be able to control this material-to shape it into new geometries-and explore what happens is very exciting. My hope is that this superconductive surface will enable one to build devices and study new properties of superconductivity.”