Nonequilibrium Effects in 1-D Superconductors

  • W. J. Skocpol
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 65)


The nature of the current-induced transition from perfect superconductivity to full recovery of the normal state has been of recurrent interest since the earliest days of H. Kamerlingh Onnes, who reported (1913): “At the end of the superconductive wire there is no potential difference as long as the current remains below the threshhold value for this wire. As soon as this value is surpassed potential differences originate and the wire by a process that is not quite cleared up obtains ordinary resistance.” Such a transition is inherently a nonequilibrium phenomenon, and given what we have learned from the preceding chapters it should be possible to see what aspects of this process have and have not yet been cleared up.


Critical Current Critical Heat Flux Charge Imbalance Nonequilibrium Effect Slip Center 
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  • W. J. Skocpol
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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