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Events in Physics
Title: Quantum Oscillations As A Tool To Crack The Mystery Of Unconventional Superconductivity    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 03/19/2012
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Suchitra Sebastian
Affiliation: Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

The mystery of high temperature superconductivity is undoubtedly one of the great contemporary physics puzzles, the solution of which will open a vista of energy applications. We study the orbits traversed by electrons in the so-called 'normal' state of unconventional superconductors by subjecting them to magnetic fields as high as 10,000 times that of a bar magnet. I will discuss our findings from quantum oscillation measurements in a recently discovered 'iron pnictide' high temperature superconductor, and one of the original 'cuprate' high temperature superconductors, and consider implications for the mechanism of high temperature superconductivity.