Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 332, Issue 3, pp 1297–1343 | Cite as

On the Ginzburg–Landau Functional in the Surface Superconductivity Regime

  • M. Correggi
  • N. Rougerie


We present new estimates on the two-dimensional Ginzburg–Landau energy of a type-II superconductor in an applied magnetic field varying between the second and third critical fields. In this regime, superconductivity is restricted to a thin layer along the boundary of the sample. We provide new energy lower bounds, proving that the Ginzburg–Landau energy is determined to leading order by the minimization of a simplified 1D functional in the direction perpendicular to the boundary. Estimates relating the density of the Ginzburg–Landau order parameter to that of the 1D problem follow. In the particular case of a disc sample, a refinement of our method leads to a pointwise estimate on the Ginzburg–Landau order parameter, thereby proving a strong form of uniformity of the surface superconductivity layer, which is related to a conjecture by Xing-Bin Pan.


Vortex Ground State Energy Neumann Boundary Condition General Domain Surface Superconductivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica“Sapienza” Università di RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Université de Grenoble 1 and CNRS, LPMMCGrenoble CedexFrance

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