Foundations of Physics

, Volume 44, Issue 9, pp 905–922

The role of quantum recurrence in superconductivity, carbon nanotubes and related gauge symmetry breaking


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-014-9816-y

Cite this article as:
Dolce, D. & Perali, A. Found Phys (2014) 44: 905. doi:10.1007/s10701-014-9816-y


Pure quantum phenomena are characterized by intrinsic recurrences in space and time. We use this intrinsic periodicity as a quantization condition to derive a heuristic description of the essential quantum phenomenology of superconductivity. The resulting description is based on fundamental quantum dynamics and geometrical considerations, rather than on microscopical characteristics of the superconducting materials. This allows us to investigate the related gauge symmetry breaking in terms of the competition between quantum recurrence and thermal noise. We also test the validity of this approach to describe the case of carbon nanotubes.


Superconductivity Carbon-nanotubes Gauge symmetry breaking Flux quantization Quantum recurrence  Boundary conditions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CamerinoCamerinoItaly

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