📈 Chartpack: The potential of superconductors
What could novel superconductors such as LK-99 herald for humanity?
Today, we’re delving into the world of superconductivity, and investigating what advances in the field could herald for humanity. In this chartpack, you will learn:
LK-99’s Claim: A potential room-temperature superconductor under debate.
Superconductor Basics: Their unique features and the promise of room-temperature variants.
Applications: Impacts on energy, healthcare, and transportation.
Future Possibilities: Roles in nuclear fusion, quantum computing, and unforeseen innovations.
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A coming revolution?
Two weeks ago, a paper on arXiv presented a bold claim: the discovery of the world’s first room-temperature, ambient-pressure (RTAP) superconductor, LK-99. This compound, a blend of lead, copper, phosphate, and oxygen, represents a potential breakthrough that, if validated, could usher in “a new era for humanity.” As of today1, prediction markets estimate a 22% chance that LK-99 will be independently replicated, a decrease from 35% just yesterday. A recent Chinese study has cast doubts, suggesting LK-99 isn’t a superconductor, but we’re awaiting definitive confirmation. Regardless, a room-temperature superconductor remains a pinnacle goal in material science. It’s crucial to investigate the profound implications such a superconductor could have for our world. To this end, we’ve assembled a comprehensive Chartpack to visualise these potential advancements.