A recent discovery took the world of science by surprise! A new study revealed that significant amounts of superconductors were discovered in the composition of one of the biggest meteorites!
The material is a known one, but the discovery itself was unexpected!
What Are Superconductors?
Superconductors have the unique property of not resisting the flow of electricity. They are essential for building quantum computers and efficient power delivery.
Ivan Schuller, one of the study’s principal authors, said:
“The big takeaway is that there is superconductivity in the sky, naturally occurring.”
The team of scientists hasn’t analyzed meteorites only. They searched for the presence of conductivity in other materials and areas.
The team has previously studied the field of superconductivity and even managed to create a technique that they named magnetic field modulated microwave spectroscopy.
The method begins with introducing minuscule sample fragments into a cavity that is traversed by microwaves and alternating magnetic fields while also undergoing a cooling process.
When said probes switch from a conductor state to a semiconductor state, they absorb microwaves differently.
That method allows scientists to determine which materials are semiconductors.
The newly discovered superconductor turned out to be an alloy of lead, indium, and tin, which was previously known for its superconductive capacities.
Purpose Of The Team
The team obtained a grant from the United States Air Force to seek superconductivity in all the materials they can get their hand on.
The team first analyzed microscopic meteorites and then carried on inspecting larger fragments.
Graduate student James Wampler managed to measure the superconductivity of two different meteorite fragments: one from the world’s biggest meteorite that was scattered across Australia, and the other one from another meteorite that is known as GRA 95205.