Solid State Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No 1 (2003) 73-82




Roslan Abd-Shukor School of Applied Physics

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

43600 Bangi Selangor Malaysia




Research on materials continues to play a pivotal role towards the advancement of technology. One of the promising materials for advanced electrical and electronic applications is the copper- oxide-based high temperature superconductor (HTSC). Today, the focus is once again on superconductivity following a number of breakthroughs and discoveries in this field in recent years. In this paper, a number of newly discovered superconducting materials would be discussed. Applications of superconductors in various sectors such as the communications, power and electronic are highlighted. A superconductor-magnetic nanorod hybrid system which can potentially increase the ability of superconductors to carry current by many folds is also discussed.




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