Disruptive technologies come in many different forms, from the automobile to the iPhone as a society, we have progressed to find some amazing things. Is the material beta-gallium oxide going to launch us to another level of computational power? Thankfully, the team at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – Cornell’s Center for Epitaxial Solutions (ACCESS) will have the next three years and $3 million to test if it will. This technology has come about because of the increasing need for a superconductor that can handle more than traditional silicon. Although it is only speculation and calculations at the moment, beta-gallium oxide is supposed to enable electronics to “handle dramatically more power” (Kacapyr, 2019). The reason this technology can compete as the leading superconductor is from its extremely unique atomic shape, it is the only superconductor with this shape.
Some of the applications of this superconductor would be for “electric vehicles, renewable energy sources and 5G communications networks [that] come [with] need for a material that can handle higher voltages, higher power densities and higher frequencies” (Kacapyr, 2019). With the ever depleting natural resources on Earth that we continue to consume en masse, a new superconductor that can store and handle more energy is going to be a crucial, cleaner substitute.