Key compound for high-temperature superconductivity found

June 16, 2016, Osaka University
a. Crystal structure of the H5S2 compound predicted by genetic algorithm technique. The structure forms a mixed structure of H2S and H3S molecules. b. Comparison of superconducting critical temperature (Tc) among experimental and calculated results. The Tc value calculated for H5S2 shows a good agreement with the experimental data of the superconducting phase II (SC-II). Credit: Osaka University

A research group in Japan found a new compound H5S2 that shows a new superconductivity phase on computer simulation. Further theoretical and experimental research based on H5S2 predicted by this group will lead to the clarification of the mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity, which takes place in hydrogen sulfide .

Superconductivity is the total disappearance of electrical resistance when an object is cooled below a definite temperature. If superconductor is used for electric wire, it becomes possible to carry electricity without loss. That's why superconductivity has been drawing attention as an important physical phenomenon for solving environmental and energy problems.

However, the superconducting critical temperature, the temperature at which superconductivity takes place, is so low that its practical realization is difficult. Last year, a striking news came out that H2S broke the record for superconducting critical temperature under high-pressure. However, the chemical composition ratio of sulfur and hydrogen and the crystal structure during the process in which superconductivity takes place have not been well understood.

A research group led by Takahiro Ishikawa, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, and Katsuya Shimizu, Professor, at Center for Science and Technology under Extreme Conditions, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Tatsuki Oda, Professor at School of Mathematics and Physics, Kanazawa University, and Naoshi Suzuki, Professor at Faculty of Engineering Science, Kansai University predicted a new phase of hydrogen sulfide (H5S2), which was presented at a pressure of 1.1 million bar on computer simulation. The superconducting critical temperature obtained from H5S2, whose calculated value was the same as the experimental value. This result may lead to the clarification of the mechanism behind , which takes place in by further theoretical and experimental research based on H5S2.

Furthermore, by applying methods used and knowledge obtained by this group to other light element hydrides, it will become possible to establish guidelines for enhancing superconducting to near .

This research was featured in the electronic version of Scientific Reports on Thursday, March 17, 2016

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More information: Takahiro Ishikawa et al, Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure, Scientific Reports (2016). DOI: 10.1038/srep23160

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not rated yet Jun 16, 2016
Nice, not an inkling in there of what that "high temperature" is. I expect it won't be "room temperature" but something like -100C which is NOT, to me, high temperature that's useful in day to day settings. Keep on researching folks.....
not rated yet Jun 16, 2016
Nice, not an inkling in there of what that "high temperature" is.

Except it's right there in the image.

No, it's not room temperature. With superconductors 'high temperature' usually refers to anything that exhibits superconductivity while cooled with liquid nitrogen (i.e. above 77K)
not rated yet Jun 20, 2016
good job , but we are looking for superconductor bit close room temprature. . . .

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