Brian Møller Andersen receives 1.2 million kr. for research into superconductors – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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08 August 2014

Brian Møller Andersen receives 1.2 million kr. for research into superconductors

Brian Møller Andersen has received a grant of 1.2 million kr. from the Villum Foundation for the research project ‘Unconventional superconductors’.

Brian Møller Andersen has received a grant of 1.2 million kr. from the Villum Foundation for the research project ‘Unconventional superconductors’.

There are a growing number of advanced materials that possess new superconducting properties at extremely high temperatures. These materials fall within a broad category of interacting elements. Why these materials are superconducting remains a mystery and this is one of the fundamental problems in condensed matter physics. The efforts to find an answer to this problem is a driving force in cutting edge research the world over, combining experiments and theoretical modelling.

“This project is a theoretical study of pair formation of electrons in the superconducting state in spite of strong electron-electron repulsion and with a particular focus on the naturally occurring spatial modulations of the materials. It is particularly current because of a host of unexplained data driven by the rapid development of new experiments with high spatial resolution,” explains Brian Møller Andersen, associate Professor in X-Ray and Neutron Science at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

The grant from the Villum Foundation will be used for a postdoctoral position. The research aims to describe – and ultimately to explain the origin of the superconducting state in copper and iron-based materials in close collaboration with leading theoretical and experimental groups both in Denmark and internationally.