Date of Defense




First Advisor

Lisa Paulius, Physics

Second Advisor

Robert Shamu, Physics

Third Advisor

Clement Burns, Physics


The goal of this project is to investigate some methods that improve the critical transport current in high temperature superconductors. A superconductor is a material which can allow an electrical current to flow through it with no resistance. This makes them ideal for a wide variety of applications. Most of the present use is in science or medicine, and show promise in computer circuitry materials and electromagnetic trains. This experiment explores a means of increasing the critical current, the maximum amount of electric current that can pass, and which at present is too low to permit the use of superconductors in many applications.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access