2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium NM02-Superconducting Materials and Applications

The symposium will broadly cover the advances in current and emerging superconducting materials from both fundamental and applications perspective. It includes novel and customized superconducting materials for electronics, such as quantum computation, and large-scale superconducting applications, such as prototype superconducting power devices, conductors for high field magnets, accelerators, and newly proposed compact fusion reactors. Overall, in this symposium we intend to cover the rapid progress made worldwide in both application and fundamental understanding of superconducting materials. A key focus of this symposium is to promote the transition from basic science discovery to technology deployment. The emphasis will be on superconducting quantum limited sensors and superconducting qubit with related technologies. We will address the challenges for the development of superconducting qubits that requires material perfection achievable through the identification of the noise sources in the system, and a clear understanding of the influence of the solid-state environment on the sudden long-term fluctuations of the qubit parameters.

For large scale applications, we will focus on high performance, homogeneity through length, cost-effectiveness, high throughput and scalability. The superconducting materials of interests include conventional low temperature superconductors for electronics and sensors, intermetallic superconductors (Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn), medium- and high-temperature superconductors (cuprates, iron-based compounds, MgB2), superconducting multi-layers and composites, the recently discovered very high-temperature hydride superconductors and other emergent materials exhibiting unconventional superconductivity like topological superconductors. Symposium contributors in the area of materials are encouraged to address issues including: 1) response of superconductivity to structural, chemical, and defect tuning; 2) improvement of existing practical materials; 3) synthesis, growth mechanisms, high throughput fabrication routes, and; 4) methods to improve application-relevant properties such as flux pinning.

Topics will include:

  • Superconducting qubit–materials issues, gates and error corrections
  • Josephson junction technology and interface
  • Topological superconductors and unconventional superconductivity
  • REBCO wires and Coated Conductors–processing and applications
  • Fe-based superconductors and potential applications
  • Bi-based, Nb-based, MgB2 tapes and round wires–processing and applications
  • Flux pinning and critical currents–intrinsic pinning behavior, anisotropy, irradiation effect
  • Energy applications and devices based on superconducting materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Kathleen Amm (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Amalia Ballarino (CERN, Switzerland)
  • Alexander Brinkman (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Noriko Chikumoto (Chubu University, Japan)
  • Jerry Chou (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
  • Paul Chu (University of Houston, USA)
  • Valentina Corato (ENEA, Italy)
  • Gianni Grasso (ASG Superconductors, Italy)
  • Sophie Gueron (Université Paris-Saclay, France)
  • Hideo Hosono (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Andrew Houck (Princeton University, USA)
  • Kazumasa Iida (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Teruo Izumi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Sergey Kubatkin (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Sergey Lee (SuperOx, Japan)
  • Yanwei Ma (Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Kaname Matsumoto (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Judith McManus-Driscoll (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Franco Nori (RIKEN, Japan)
  • Xavier Obradors (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Marty Rupich (American Superconductor, USA)
  • Robert Schoelkopf (Yale University, USA)
  • Carmine Senatore (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Judy Wu (University of Kansas, USA)
  • Yutaka Yamada (Shanghai Superconductors, China)

Symposium Organizers

Qiang Li

Stony Brook University, The State University of New York


Floriana Lombardi
Chalmers University of Technology
Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory

Paolo Mele
Shibaura Institute of Technology
College of Engineering

Teresa Puig
Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona

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