2014 Segre Lecture

Public Lecture

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:00pm

Superconductors: Old and New

Solid State Physics is a field which continuously renews itself through the discovery of new materials and new phenomena. This has been particularly true for the subfield of superconductivity. We will review the progress in this field from Kammelingh Onnes's discovery of superconductivity in mercury in 1911 to the Bednorz-Mueller groundbreaking discovery of high temperature superconductivity in the lamellar copper oxides in 1986 to recent work on the Fe arsenides and selenides. Research on superconductivity has produced theoretical insights which have implications not only for superconductivity itself, but for systems as varied as liquid crystal gels and the fundamental constituents of the universe.

This lecture is free and open to the public. You can watch a video of the lecture below, or view our photos of the event on Flickr.

Location: 
105 Stanley Hall
Speaker: 
Chancellor Emeritus Robert J. Birgeneau
Affiliation: 
UC Berkeley
Contact name: 
Sylvie Mehner
Contact phone: 
(510) 664-7122