### Session Q3: The Kavli Foundation Special Symposium: Superconductivity Centennial: Future Research Opportunities

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Room: Ballroom A3

Chair: Zachary Fisk, University of California, Irvine

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.MAR.Q3.1

### Abstract: Q3.00001 : Superconductivity: A Continuous Surprise or How I Learned to Love the Surprises''

11:15 AM–11:51 AM

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#### Author:

Robert Dynes
(University of California, San Diego)

When I was invited to give this talk, I thought I would talk about new materials, or new opportunities, or the electron-phonon interaction, or non electron phonon interactions. Then when I looked at the speakers in this symposium and the subjects that they were scheduled to talk about, I realized that they were better equipped to talk individually about each of these subjects than I was, and it was my role to introduce the subject and give a perspective on the future of research and applications in superconductivity. My experience over the past decades has been that it is very dangerous to make predictions in this field. There are many examples of our distinguished colleagues who have engaged in this practice only to be proven wrong by surprise after surprise Fortunately, this has not harmed their reputations or their courage to continue to make predictions. In this talk I will reflect on my personal experience over several decades of research in superconductivity and how my own thinking has changed. Hopefully, I will \begin{enumerate} \item Transmit a flavor of this field and stimulate other younger investigators to be adventuresome \item Prepare the audience for the talks that follow \item Motivate the following speakers to reveal their own predictions and surprises. \end{enumerate}

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