Superconductivity (16-19 years)
Work with liquid nitrogen to explore the properties of superconductors and learn how superconducting cables are used at CERN.
Superconductors are essential at CERN. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) uses superconducting cables in its powerful electromagnets to generate magnetic fields strong enough to bend the particles.
Participants of this workshop will explore the phenomenon of superconductivity. Below a certain temperature, superconducting materials lose their electrical resistance, which allows them to conduct extremely high electric currents. This quantum physical phenomenon is also behind the special magnetic properties of superconducting materials.
To gain a deeper understanding about superconductivity, participants will first study the effect of electromagnetic induction in different materials before exploring the interaction between magnets and high-temperature superconductors.