Session Q1: Plenary Session II

8:30 AM–10:18 AM, Monday, April 14, 2008
Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (formerly Adam's Mark Hotel), Room: St. Lous DE

Sponsoring Unit: APS
Chair: Arthur Bienenstock, APS President, Stanford University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2008.APR.Q1.3

Abstract: Q1.00003 : High Temperature Superconductivity 20 Years Later: Achievements, Promises and Challenges

9:42 AM–10:18 AM

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  C.W. Chu
    (University of Houston, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)

The discovery of high temperature superconductivity (HTS) 20 years ago has been hailed as one of the major advancements in modern science with great promises. In this presentation, I shall first briefly recall the seminal observation of superconductivity at 35 K in early 1986 and several episodes leading to the discovery of superconductivity at 93 K in early 1987. I shall then summarize the progress that has been made in the ensuing 20 years in the areas of HTS science, materials, and applications. Finally, challenges to realize the full promises of HTS technology will be discussed and steps to meet the challenges proposed.

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