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Silver Thread Boosts Current Capacity

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Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 178
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.178b


Adding a thread of silver to the interior of a wire made of a high-temperature superconductor boosted the amount of current it could carry without resistance more than threefold over the best commercially available HTS wire, researchers have found. An increase of that magnitude could lead to smaller and cheaper HTS magnets and generators. Manufacturing the new wire in useful lengths should require only simple changes in the most common wiremaking technique.