Researchers Connect Semiconductors and Superconductors for the First Time

7. August 2021 | Technologies

For the first time, ultrathin semiconductors and superconductors have been combined. This opens up completely new areas of application.

Researchers at the University of Basel and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science have for the first time connected a semiconductor made of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is only a few atoms thick, with a superconductor made of molybdenum rhenium (MoRe). Molybdenum-rhenium conducts electricity without resistance and maintains this property even in the presence of strong magnetic fields. The combination of MoS2 and MoRe opens up entirely new application areas for ultrathin semiconductors, the researchers write in a press release. These include, for example, high-performance quantum computers. The material properties and physical phenomena of the new compound will now be further explored. The scientists also want to experiment with other semiconductor materials.

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