Reports of a Chinese LK-99 Superconductor Replication Effort

The Physics Institute has successfully produced a sample of the LK99 superconductor and replicated its magnetizing qualities. However, the Meissner effect, a key characteristic of superconductors, has yet to be observed. The issue seems to lie in the purity of the superconducting material, which is currently only a few percent. Despite this, the conversation implies optimism, stating, “if we have made a start this problem will be solved quickly.”

UPDATE: There are at least 11 publicly announced or rumored replication efforts. Iris Alexander claims to have replicated and seen some Meissner effect.

25 thoughts on “Reports of a Chinese LK-99 Superconductor Replication Effort”

  1. It’s interesting in 21st century having no real pictures of magnetic field strength (lines) of Meissner-Ochsenfeld-effect (with TTc) from 3d magnetic sensor arrays?
    (This would be comparable to pictures from visible real world taken with sensors showing single pixels?)

    • “(with TTc)”
      meant “(with T\Tc)”
      meant “(with T ‘smaller than’ Tc and T ‘bigger than’ Tc)”

  2. I’m curious how it would hold up in a neutronic environment, seems quite fragile to me due to complexity of the molecule’s arrangment…

  3. For the sake of conversation let’s claim it: we have superconductivity up to 100F.

    Where do we get the big return? The grid? Motors? Magnets? Plasma physics? Breaking ice on new material science?

    What the likelihood that LK-99 won’t support particularly high currents of fields?

    • If if works, the big return is on all of that plus a hundred other things not listed plus a few thousand things we never even considered.

    • To that last, pretty high, I’d say: There has been a general trend of lower critical fields and currents as the temperatures go up, IIRC; Superconductivity is a pretty fragile phenomenon in normal matter, and gets more delicate as temperatures rise.

      So, assuming critical field and current aren’t all that great, (Though better refined samples might improve on the current.) I’d say the big potential is for electronics and miscellaneous.

      It would be pretty significant in electronics to get rid of parasitic resistance everywhere in a circuit you didn’t want there to be resistance. It would be great for really thin EM shielding, too.

      As for miscellaneous, that’s all the applications for superconductivity nobody has even bothered with or tried for lack of one that’s usable at room temperature. I have a few ideas myself in that area, that I’m looking into patenting.

      One thing that troubles me, which I hadn’t picked up earlier, is that this research didn’t just happen, it’s from back in 2020. They just couldn’t publish until now.

      And they’ve made no progress since?

      • The lead, phosphorus, copper ‘mineral’ dates from 1999, apparently.

        Not sure how such a large molecule can be chemical vapor deposited… I would have thought it decomposed in the process.

        • If it’s a stable structure for that composition, it might reconstitute itself as it’s deposited.

      • I think we would see hospital beds with built in real-time MRI cameras.
        MRI machines the size and cost of ECG machines.

      • My only defence of the late paper submission is that it was submitted alongside their patent application… perhaps they delayed the submission due to challenges in the patent application process?

        Who knows?

        For me what troubles me is these are credited scientists and a highly respected university… I just dont see the reason to submit a paper knowing it could harm your reputation ?

      • Resistive losses steal 100 billion kWh from electricity transmission each year. That’s only the US. That might be a nice thing to put into the past, but idk if we’ll be able to replace all copper in the grid with fancy lead anytime soon (or what the secondary effects might be)

  4. A low fraction of superconductor is what it looked like to me, too.

    Monday or Tuesday results should start flooding in.

  5. My Chinese isn’t very good, but something like …

    “This time it should be real, just got it”

    Then something about the institute of physics made a sample, “and repeated its magnetic properties”. Then some stuff about no levitation and low purity, and a comment opining that there are signs that the problem will be resolved sooner.

    This was “HURST”, who then recalled the message.

    Its tantalizing, and maybe gives a little hope for optimism.

    Rough translation from the dark mode screenshot.

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