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12/13/94

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Physicist's research judged outstanding in Department of Energy competition

STANFORD -- The research of Zhi-Xun Shen, assistant professor of applied physics with a joint appointment at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, was selected a winner of the "Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid-State Physics" category of the Department of Energy's 1994 Materials Science Research Competition.

The purpose of the annual competition is to identify individual laboratory scientists who have conducted outstanding research and to provide recognition of their accomplishment. The research is judged by personnel from the DOE laboratories and materials science staff.

Shen's research, titled "Experimental Determination of the K-Dependent Electronic Structure and Superconducting Gap," was one of nine projects judged outstanding in its category. It involves the new class of materials called high-temperature superconductors, which conduct electricity without resistive loss at temperatures as high as minus 150 degrees Celsius.

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