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For an easy introduction to superconductivity, you can check out this action-packed, family-friendly talk by Oxford Physics graduate student Fran Kirschner.

You can also find out more about superconductivity and its history in this talk by Professor Andrew Boothroyd from the Department of Physics at Oxford University.

For a more detailed introduction to superconductivity, you could consider reading Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction by Professor Stephen Blundell, one of the academics at CfAS.

What does CfAS do?

The Centre for Applied Superconductivity does research into superconducting materials, in particular working on projects that will lead to future superconducting technologies or the improvement of current technologies.

There are CfAS laboratories in the Department of Physics and the Department of Materials. They have different equipment, so different experiments can be done in the different labs, and the researchers can work together to use the facilities they need.

CfAS is not just for academics though - it is a collaboration between academia and industry to focus research on solving the most relevant problems and overcoming the barriers to using superconducting technologies more widely.

What's it like to be in CfAS?

Scientific research can seem a bit of a mystery to those outside the lab. To try to shed some light on what actually happens at CfAS, we spent a day in the lab in the Physics Department of the University of Oxford.

Simulating the vortex state of a superconductor

These simulations were produced by Sam Sutherland as part of a summer project funded by the Centre.

Simulations and article by Sam Sutherland, a physics student at Mansfield College.
Video produced by Kathryn Boast and Sam Sutherland.

Watch a magnet levitate!

How do you make a magnet levitate? And how is this related to fusion energy? Tokamak Energy Magnet Engineer Greg Brittles tells us about high temperature superconductors for making tokamak magnets, as well as demonstrating the superconductor's most mesmerising property - levitation.