Date of Defense

5-1-1997

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Clement Burns, Physics

Second Advisor

Lisa Paulius, Physics

Third Advisor

Paul Pancella, Physics

Abstract

A superconductor is a compound that has an immeasurably small d.c. resistance under certain conditions. Approximately twenty elements are superconductors in their pure form as well as over one hundred alloys. Superconductors are characterized by a critical temperature and a critical magnetic field. The critical temperature of a superconductor depends upon its chemical composition. The critical field depends on the type of material and the temperature. This paper examines the history of superconductors and is the design and implementation of a sample rotation stage to allow for the angle-resolved magnetoresistance measurements. It also involves writing a computer program to control all aspects of the experiment.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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