Science Express @ Te Papa: High Temperature Superconductivity – New Zealand at the helm 


This event was recorded on Thursday 6 May 2010


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High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) technology is an emerging field that allows the transmission of electricity without resistance or the loss of energy. This, in turn, will enable the manufacture of lighter, smaller, and more efficient machines than can be achieved with existing copper wire technology. New Zealand is at the forefront of what has been described as one of the greatest intellectual advances of the 20th century in revolutionary new power technology. 

Dr Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley have led superconductor research and commercialisation at Industrial Research Limited (IRL) in Lower Hutt for the past 20 years, and recently won the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Prize for their work in this area. Since 1987, Dr Buckley and Dr Tallon have made a string of discoveries in the field of high-temperature superconductors (HTS), and used them as a platform to establish world-leading export businesses in HTS products.

Join Jeff and Bob as they discuss this revolutionary area of technology and the remaining puzzles ahead in the area of high temperature superconductivity.

Dr Bob Buckley studied Physics and Chemistry at Massey University, before completing his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 1979. In 1981, he joined what was then the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in its Physics and Engineering Laboratory (now Industrial Research Limited), where he is still located.

Dr Jeff Tallon joined the DSIR 42 years ago. He studied Physics and Mathematics at Auckland University, before completing his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington. Until recently he has also held a concurrent appointment at Victoria as Professor of Physics. He is also a Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. 

Proudly supported by GNS Science and the Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington Branch. 

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