Technological applications of superconductivity

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Some of the technological applications of superconductivity include :

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

The biggest application right now for superconductivity is in producing the large volume, stable magnetic fields required for MRI and NMR. This represents a multi-billion US$ market for companies such as Oxford Instruments, Siemens etc. The magnets typically use low temperature superconductors (LTS) because high-temperature superconductors are not yet cheap enough to cost effectively deliver the high, stable and large volume fields required, notwithstanding the need to cool LTS instruments to liquid helium temperatures. Superconductors are also used in high field scientific magnets because copper has a limit to the field strength it can produce[citation needed].

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