Heat Transfer in Superconducting Films

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M. I. Flik

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

Appl. Mech. Rev 44(3), 93-108 (Mar 01, 1991) (16 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3119498 History: Online April 30, 2009


Thin films that are superconducting above liquid-nitrogen temperature possess promising applications in electronics and sensor technology. The design, the characterization and the processing of devices based on the high-temperature superconductors pose new fundamental heat transfer problems. This article reviews thermal conduction, thermal radiation and thermal stability phenomena in superconducting films. The understanding of these thermal phenomena requires solid-state physics and materials science, in addition to heat transfer and thermodynamics. Future research opportunities are pointed out for thermal problems in superconducting films.

Copyright © 1991 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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