Optimizing superconductor transport properties through large-scale simulation

Approach and goal

The new emerging capabilities of DOE’s leadership-class computing hardware and the development of scalable algorithms and software now put detailed numerical investigation of vortex pinning within reach. Capitalizing on these developments in combination with the broad expertise in superconductivity research at Argonne National Laboratory, this project aims to advance the fundamental understanding of vortex dynamics in superconductors and to predict the optimal size, shape and concentration of the admixed particles required to achieve optimal power transmission properties. Achieving these goals requires state-of-the-art research in the material properties of superconductors and numerical optimization and simulation.