Novel Superconductor Material Discovered, Thanks to AI

A multidisciplinary team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has discovered a novel superconductor using artificial intelligence. The new superconductor is an alloy of zirconium, indium, and nickel with a superconducting transition temperature around 9 K. Its discovery took only three months. Watch this video to learn more.

“We have this romantic notion that materials with desired properties are discovered intentionally through diligent fundamental research efforts, but the reality is that it happens far more often by way of serendipitous accidents,” said Christopher Stiles , a senior computational materials researcher in APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Department.