Lettere al Nuovo Cimento (1971-1985)

, Volume 35, Issue 13, pp 405–412

Disorder version of the Abelian Higgs model and the order of the superconductive phase transition

  • H. Kleinert

DOI: 10.1007/BF02754760

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Kleinert, H. Lett. Nuovo Cimento (1982) 35: 405. doi:10.1007/BF02754760


We transform the Abelian Higgs model in three dimensions (i.e. the Grinzburg-Landau theory) to a disorder field theory. The new fields describe the grand canonical ensemble of vortex lines in the superconductor and take a nonzero expectation in the normal state (signalizing their proliferation). The disorder theory allows for a simple determination of the tricritical point where the second-order phase transition changes to first. This happens for a Grinzburg-Landau parameter (= ratio of penetration depth to coherence length)K 0.8/√2.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Kleinert
    • 1
  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlin 33

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