Thorium superconductivity: Scientists discover new high-temperature superconductor

Figure 1. Crystal structure of thorium decahydride, ThH10. Credit: Dmitry Semenok et al./Materials Today

A group of scientists led by Artem Oganov of Skoltech and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and Ivan Troyan of the Institute of Crystallography of RAS has succeeded in synthesizing thorium decahydride (ThH10), a new superconducting material with the very high critical temperature of 161 kelvins. The results of their study, supported by…