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Low Temperature Physics and Superconductivity


Our work group focuses on fundamental research on and technical applications of superconductivity, i.e. the phenomenon of lossless current transport in certain materials at low temperatures. We have strong superconducting magnets (up to 17 Tesla), special current sources (up to 1000 Ampere), as well as high-resolution scanning systems (magnetic field microscopes, in a sense) at our disposal for experimental work. Our fundamental research aims at a comprehensive understanding of the complex processes which are involved in current transport in type-2 superconductors. Among other things, we use the institute’s reactor to modify the microstructure of superconductors by means of irradiation, and investigate the resulting changes in their properties. Moreover, our equipment facilitates a precise characterization of superconducting wires and tapes for technical applications. We have strong international ties, and collaborate with other research facilities in order to improve the performance of superconductors and to utilize them for applications such as particle accelerators or nuclear fusion facilities.


Dienstag, 2018-09-18

Thomas Baumgartner receives the Jan Evetts Award

Since 2017 the journal Superconductor Science and Technology (IOP Publishing) annually awards three early career researchers with a best paper award known as the Jan Evetts Award. Mehr

Freitag, 2018-09-14

International Coated Conductor Workshop in Vienna

From September 10-13 2018 the international conference CCA – Coated Conductors for Applications – took place in Vienna at Schloss Hotel Wilhelminenburg. Mehr

Montag, 2018-09-10

Our PhD Student Mattia Ortino meets Nobel Laureate in Physics

On September 8 2018, the museum of natural history hosted an open discussion called „Forschung? Was geht mich das an?“ with Nobel laureate J. Georg Bednorz. Mehr

Freitag, 2018-09-07

ESAS/EASITrain Summer School at TU Wien

From September 3-7 2018 TU Wien hosted a summer school for students working in the field of applied superconductivity. Mehr

Mittwoch, 2018-08-08

SUST Highlights 2017

We are proud to be included again this year in the selection of the best articles published in the previous year in “Superconductor Science and Technology”. Mehr

Dienstag, 2018-05-29

Publication: Scaling means failing

We published an article in Superconductor Science and Technology, dealing with the effects of inhomogeneities on pinning force scaling in Nb3Sn superconductors. Mehr

Samstag, 2018-03-10

Publication: High Temperature Superconductors fit for Fusion?

In view of a potential use in the magnet coils of a fusion reactor, the effect of neutron irradiation on the superconducting properties of coated conductors was studied. Mehr

Montag, 2018-03-05

Sigrid Holleis talks about research on nuclear fusion

The Austrian Academy of Sciences conducts interviews with PhD students on their research and the relevance of their work for nuclear fusion. Mehr

Samstag, 2018-01-20

Publication: Critical Current Anisotropy in Iron-based Superconductors

We published an article in Physical Review B where we describe how the anisotropy of the loss free currents was observed directly by scanning Hall Probe microscopy for the first time Mehr

Mittwoch, 2017-12-06

Publication: Radiation effects on iron-based superconductors

Michael Eisterer was invited to write a review article on the effects of neutron irradiation on iron-based superconductors. Mehr