Superconductors in Color

;Under polarized light, a changing crystal structure appears as brightly colored stripes.
Under polarized light, a changing crystal structure appears as brightly colored stripes.

As iron-rich superconductors cool to very low temperatures, even a perfect crystal can become distorted. Under polarized light, researchers find that brilliantly colored stripes emerge from the light reflecting differently off each distorted crystal domain.

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