This is a biggy. The list,
Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains. These work because a superconductor repels a magnetic
field so a magnet will float above a superconductor – this virtually eliminates the friction
between the train and the track. However, there are safety concerns about the strong
magnetic fields used as these could be a risk to human health.
● Large hadron collider or particle accelerator. This use of superconductors was developed at the
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK in the 1960s. The latest and biggest large
hadron collider is currently being built in Switzerland by a coalition of scientific organisations
from several countries. Superconductors are used to make extremely powerful electromagnets
to accelerate charged particles very fast (to near the speed of light).
● SQUIDs (Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices) are used to detect even the weakest
magnetic field. They are used in mine detection equipment to help in the removal of land
● The USA is developing “E-bombs”. These are devices that make use of strong, superconductorderived
magnetic fields to create a fast, high-intensity electromagnetic pulse that can disable
an enemy’s electronic equipment. These devices were first used in wartime in March 2003
when USA forces attacked an Iraqi broadcast facility. They can release two billion watts of
energy at once.
The following uses of superconductors are under development:
● Making electricity generation more efficient.
● Very fast computing.
Of course the military e-bomb is the downside, if the military can do it as of now, and later without a need for cooling, it won't be long until Tom
Dick and Harry get in the act.
I forgot to mention the BTTF Hoverboard
edit on 15-5-2015 by smurfy because: Text.