Superconducting Niobium Wire

Niobium is a refractory metal first discovered in 1801 by English scientist Charles Hatchett, who originally dubbed the substance columbium. It was not until the soft, ductile metal was rediscovered approximately 40 years later by German chemist Heinrich Rose that it received its current name. Reminiscent in appearance to steel and platinum, niobium occurs naturally around the world and exhibits several highly useful characteristics, including good corrosion resistance, shock absorption, and a very high melting temperature of 2,468 degrees Celsius. Due to these and other constructive properties, niobium finds a significant amount of use, especially in alloys. Niobium alloys are, for instance, commonly utilized for industrial, aerospace, and superconducting applications, such as magnetic resonance imaging and trains that levitate through the use of magnetism.

© 1995-2022 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 05:42 PM
Access Count Since September 19, 1995: 28750
Microscopes provided by:
Visit the Nikon website. Visit the Olympus Microscopy Resource Center website.