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RN20 - Development of Metallic Superconductors in Japan

Development of Metallic Superconductors in Japan

Kyoji Tachikawa

Faculty of Engineering, Tokai University
4-1-1, Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan

E-mail: tacsuper@keyaki.cc.u-tokai.ac.jp

Abstract = This article overviews the development of metallic superconductors in Japan covering different kinds of alloys, intermetallic compounds and MgB2. Metallic superconductors have opened many new application areas in science and technology. Japan has been one of the leading countries in the world, both in the research and development and in large-scale manufacturing of metallic superconductors.

Keywords - alloys, intermetallic compounds, MgB2, fabrication process, microstructure, superconducting wire, superconducting cable, superconductor performance, superconducting magnet, application of superconductivity

Received April 1, 2011; accepted April 27, 2011.  Reference No. RN20, Categories 2, 5, 13.