Electron–Phonon-Induced Superconductivity

  • Marvin L. Cohen


Some background regarding the evolution of calculations, predictions, and approaches to understand and increase Tc for phonon-mediated superconductivity is presented. This is followed by a description of a successful “after the fact” theoretical study of MgB2 and a description of current thinking about the relationship between phonon renormalization and Tc. It is then argued that in the search for high Tcs the evolution has gone from searching for high density of states materials to high electron–phonon couplings described by λ. Finally, it is suggested that the focus on finding large λ can be supplemented by a search for large electronic spring constants η. This is expected to be particularly relevant for the highest Tc materials in this class of superconductors.


Superconductivity electron-phonon interactions superconducting transition temperature maximizing 


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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin L. Cohen
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Materials Sciences DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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