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Can topological transitions be exploited to engineer intrinsically quench-resistant wires?

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Original languageEnglish
Article number0500305
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jan 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Dec 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 8 Jan 2018


We investigate whether by synthesising superconductors that are tuned to a topological, node-reconstruction transition point we could create superconducting wires that are intrinsically resilient to quenches. Recent work shows that the exponent characterising the temperature dependence of the specific heat of a nodal superconductor is lowered over a region of the phase diagram near topological transitions where nodal lines form or reconnect. Our idea is that the resulting enhancement of the low-temperature specific heat could have potential application in the prevention of superconductor quenches. We perform numerical simulations of a simplified superconductor quench model. Results show that decreasing the specific heat exponent can prevent a quench from occurring and improve quench resilience, though in our simple model the effects are small. Further work will be necessary to establish the practical feasibility of this approach.

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  • Heat transfer, Heating systems, Helium, Mathematical model, Superconducting filaments and wires, Wires

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