IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing - Huntsville, AL

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IEEE Historic Milestone for Superconductivity - in Huntsville, Alabama (USA)

Current and former IEEE leadership; representatives of the IEEE History Committee and IEEE Foundation; and UAH leadership, faculty, and alumni will speak during a series of community lectures prior to a milestone plaque unveiling ceremony.  The event will be officiated by Dr. Glenn Parker, IEEE Huntsville Section Chair.


You are cordially invited to the dedication on “Discovery of Superconductivity at 93 Kelvin in Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide, 1987”

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is to be honored with an IEEE Milestone for the 29 January 1987 discovery of superconductivity at 93 Kelvin.  The dedication will recognize the impact of the world’s first material to superconduct above the technologically significant temperature of liquid nitrogen.

The event's program will include the story of how the material was actually conceived, produced, and tested, along with a discussion of the significance of the achievement.

A bronze plaque will be unveiled and subsequently mounted outside the room that once served as the superconductivity laboratory.  The citation reads, “On this site, a material consisting of yttrium, barium, copper, and oxygen was first conceived, synthesized, tested, and -- on 29 January 1987 -- found to exhibit stable and reproducible superconductivity at 93 Kelvin. This marked the first time the phenomenon had been unambiguously achieved above 77 Kelvin, the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, thus enabling more practical and widespread use of superconductors.”

The IEEE Milestone program, administered by the IEEE History Center, honors significant inventions, locations, and events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefitted humanity.



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  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
  • 301 Sparkman Drive
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • United States 35805
  • Building: Invention to Innovation Center (I2C)
  • Room Number: Room #104
  • Click here for Map
  • Co-sponsored by Thomas.B.Heckwolf@gmail.com
  • Starts 15 July 2019 10:00 AM
  • Ends 15 August 2019 03:20 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
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  Speakers

David E. Burger of IEEE HQ

Topic:

IEEE History Committee - "How the UAH Milestone All Started"

Specifics regarding our IEEE history and the Superconductivity Milestone.

The material that is the subject of the discovery was first conceived, synthesized, and tested in the UAH physics laboratory.  It has been referred to by some science writers as one of physics’ “Holy Grails.”  The discovery prompted an American Physical Society meeting in March of 1987 to become known as “The Woodstock of Physics.” 

By crossing the 77 Kelvin barrier and making superconductivity possible at the temperature of the much more affordable and easily used coolant liquid nitrogen, the material discovered at UAH opened up a realm of more practical superconductivity applications.  Superconductors have found use in powerful electromagnets, such as those used in MRI and NMR machines, maglev trains, and fusion reactor research; low-loss electrical power cables; fast fault current limiters; fast digital circuits; sensitive detection and measurement of magnetism, subatomic particles, and light (even a single photon); and radio-frequency and microwave filters.  The UAH material has been used in high field magnets (holding the current record of 32 Tesla), electric power cables, fault current limiters, and radio-frequency filters.

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Jim Ashburn of IEEE Huntsville Section

Topic:

The Race to 77 Kelvin

Specifics on this IEEE Milestone from a personal perspective from his experiences as a UAH student researcher on "The Race to 77 Kelvin".

The material that is the subject of the discovery was first conceived, synthesized, and tested in the UAH physics laboratory.  It has been referred to by some science writers as one of physics’ “Holy Grails.”  The discovery prompted an American Physical Society meeting in March of 1987 to become known as “The Woodstock of Physics.” 

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Agenda

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. -  Coffee/Muffins Provided By: The IEEE Hhuntsville Section

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. – Community Lectures: Superconductivity - History and Applications

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Post-Lecture Lunch (Provided By: IEEE Huntsville Section) and Quick Tour of the I2C Facility 

1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. -  Milestone Plaque Unveiling Ceremony & Photo Opportunity



Specific Instructions regarding PARKING on UAH Campus on 8/19/19.

Car-pooling is HIGHLY encouraged.  We are ONLY confirmed parking at the Executive Plaza Lot. The Executive Plaza lot is the property across Sparkman Drive from the Bevill Center (Across the street from building #10 on the Campus Map). That is quite a walk.  UBER can also be called for quick service, or call my cell #256-665-4433 (Sonya Dillard).