Survey of Superconductivity

  • Jeffrey W. Lynn
Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)


The venerable subject of superconductivity was discovered over half a century ago by Kammerlingh Onnes [1], but until quite recently it was strictly a low temperature phenomenon. The discovery of the new oxide superconductors, with transition temperatures up to 125 K or higher, has generated tremendous excitement for two reasons. First, they open a new temperature realm for superconducting devices which should have widespread commercial applications, and these potential benefits have attracted phenomenal attention from the public. Second, the conventional electron-phonon interaction appears not to be the origin of the superconductivity in these materials, leaving the fundamental physics open to investigation. Indeed, it is becoming apparent that many of the properties of these new materials are unusual, and a proper understanding will require developing and extending concepts from many areas of condensed matter physics. Nevertheless, the superconducting state appears to be associated with a pairing of electrons, and hence the overall superconducting behavior of the new systems will be similar in many respects to the conventional systems.


Critical Field Superconducting State Cooper Pair Magnetic Impurity Superconducting Order Parameter 
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