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Ben Gurion University, Department of Physics
Experimental Superconductivity Laboratory
Vortex dynamics, Transport properties of crystals and thin films, Noise in superconducting materials and devices
The Condensed-Matter Theory Group (Theory of layered superconductors and d wave effects)
Theory of vortex matter: phase transitions driven by disorder and thermal fluctuations, d-wave superconductivity: edge states, quantum Hall effects
Applied Superconductivity Laboratory, Dept. of Physics
The Applied Superconductivity Laboratory has no separate webpage. Therefore we provide this description. The Laboratory was established in 1992 for research of the properties of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and development of HTS electric devices. The basic directions of the research activity are:
- Development of superconducting fault current limiter and other superconducting electric devices based on HTS, and the investigation of their operation in electric power systems.
- Development of HTS magnetic shields.
- Experimental and theoretical investigation of electromagnetic properties of HTS materials and of the transition from the superconducting to the normal state. Thermal and electromagnetic phenomena in HTS under alternating magnetic fields and currents.
- Investigation of HTS thin films and development of electronic devices based on them.
- AC losses in superconductors.
- Electromagnetic properties of new superconducting materials.
- Investigation of MgB2 properties and analysis of its applicability in power electric systems.
Experimental models of HTS devices have been developed and successfully tested. The 1000V/25A prototype of an inductive fault current limiter was tested in 1994. Several original methods for measurements of the electromagnetic properties of superconductors and for their theoretical analysis were developed.
The activity was supported by more than 12 research grants from the Israeli Ministry of Science (1992-95 and 1994-96); Ministry of Infrastructure of Israel (2000-2003 and 2001-2004), Ministries of Science of Israel and Hungary (joint Israeli-Hungary researcher exchange programs) (1996-1998 and 1999-2000); G.I.F. (Germany-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research & Development) (1997-1999); National Israeli Science Foundation (National Academy of Israel) (1997-2000); BGU-VaTaT (1998, 2000, and 2001).Most recent projects:
- "Superconductivity in everyday life", Project from EC, 2004-2006, V. Meerovich, V. Sokolovsky.
- “Feasibility of complex: solar power plant-MgB2 based SMES in the Israeli power system”, Ministry of Infrastructure of Israel, V. Meerovich, V. Sokolovsky.
- "Collective Quantum Dynamics of Spin Clusters: New Type of Coherent Response Signal and its Application for Quantum Information Processing", BSF, 2003-2006, Group of BGU: P.I. – G. Furman, V. Meerovich, V. Sokolovsky, S. Goren.
- “Development of Transformer Device with Superconducting Coil for Controlling Current and Energy Distribution in Electric Power Network”, Project from Ministry of National Infrastructure of Israel, 2000-2004. P.I. V. Meerovich, Co-P. I. V. Sokolovsky, S. Goren.
- Basic results of investigations were published in: “IEEE Transactions on Magnetics”, “IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity", "Physica C", "Applied Superconductivity", "Cryogenics", “Superconductor, Science and Technology” and in the Proceedings of International Conferences.