Materials Science Research for High-Temperature Superconductors

  • Code: QMCPACK
  • Science Domain: Materials Sciences
  • PI: Paul Kent, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


A team led by ORNL’s Paul Kent plans to use its QMCPACK code to further research into transition metal behavior, ultimately hoping to gain insight and predictive capability for using materials as high-temperature superconductors, and other energy-materials applications for which today’s state-of-the-art methods are overly reliant on empirical information. The team has simulated strontium copper oxide on the OLCF’s Titan supercomputer, but Summit’s larger per-node memory and greater computational power will allow the team to simulate a range of heavier, more complex materials, moving researchers closer to understanding high-temperature superconductor properties at the subatomic level.