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Questions about superconductivity

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Antigone
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Feb20-14, 06:11 AM
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1) Can all chemical elements be superconductive?

2) It is said that in diamagnetic materials there are no unpaired electrons. Does this mean that only such materials can be superconductive?
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Hi

1) Can all chemical elements be superconductive?
This is vague. Are you asking of a metal made of just one element can be a superconductor? Then yes. Hg, the first superconductor discovered, is made up of just one element. If you are asking if a free atomic element can become a superconductor, then that question makes no sense because an element isn't a solid and has no "conduction" properties.

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This is vague. Are you asking of a metal made of just one element can be a superconductor? Then yes. Hg, the first superconductor discovered, is made up of just one element. If you are asking if a free atomic element can become a superconductor, then that question makes no sense because an element isn't a solid and has no "conduction" properties.

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Not all elements are superconductors, i think so, or at least we don't know conditions (temperature, pressure) should be for some elements such as copper , gold to become superconductors

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Not all elements are superconductors, i think so, or at least we don't know conditions (temperature, pressure) should be for some elements such as copper , gold to become superconductors
You need to read the statements carefully. I said that elemental solids CAN be a superconductor. That statement does NOT imply that ALL elements are superconductors!

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