Exploring new ways to use superconductivity

Our advanced superconducting detection sensors are tackling a range of challenges from minerals exploration through to health and safety in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The Challenge

Taking advantage of superconductivity

Superconductors are materials with special properties. They can conduct electricity indefinitely without losing any energy, because they have no resistance.

LANDTEM ground based TEM receiver.

Finding new, innovative ways to apply superconductivity can help with a range of challenges, such as finding highly conductive mineral ores like gold and silver, through to detecting military ammunition that has failed to explode after it was fired (unexploded ordinance).

Our Response

Exploring new applications

We've undertaken applied research into superconductivity since the 1960s and have one of the largest research groups in the world.

We explore applications for both high and low-temperature superconducting devices, including SQUID-based detectors. Our innovative integrated superconducting systems are being used for a range of applications, including mineral exploration, oceanography, safety and security, defence and frontier science.

We work in collaboration with industry and world-leading superconductivity research groups, such as United Kingdom's National Physical Laboratory and Strathclyde University, to tailor make devices and systems to suit specific requirements.

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