A study led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the nation's fastest supercomputer to close in on the answer to a central question of modern physics that could help conduct development of the next generation of energy technologies.
"This is mostly about solving what's now a decades-old problem," said Thomas Maier, an ORNL physicist who led the study with researchers from the University of Tennessee and the Institute for Theoretical Physics ETH Zurich. "If we can answer the question of what's the mechanism for superconductivity in certain correlated electron systems and understand the reasons for that behavior, then we can design materials to make the most of that behavior."
Findings appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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