What Chemistry is there in High Temperature Superconductivity? Low Energy Scale Properties of Narrow Band Systems

  • John A. Wilson
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 184)


By chemistry above is meant a detailed appreciation of the structural, energetic and bonding characteristics of the individual superconducting material in relation to the full and appropriately graded array of other real materials1. This appreciation must go way beyond the simple e/a counts (along with cubic structure) that were for so long advocated by Matthias as being what counts in superconductivity2. That was largely a consequence of what materials physicists were prepared to take to low temperatures, or rather, what materials it proved possible for physicists and metallurgists to prepare without employing ‘chemical techniques’. Those days are now overtaken by the enthusiastic study of materials like black phosphorus, or PoMo6Se8, or (BEDT-TTF)2I3, or YBa2Cu3O7.


Fermi Surface Charge Density Wave Mott Insulator Black Phosphorus Poor Metal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Wilson
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  1. 1.H.H. Wills Physics LaboratoryUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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