Foundations of Physics

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 703–709 | Cite as

Aharonov-Bohm effect in the presence of superconductors

  • L. O'Raifeartaigh
  • N. Straumann
  • A. Wipf
Part IV. Invited Papers Dedicated To Asim Orhan Barut


The analysis of a previous paper, in which it was shown that the energy for the Aharonov-Bohm effect could be traced to the interaction energy between the magnetic field of the electron and the background magnetic field, is extended to cover the case in which the magnetic field of the electron is shielded from the background magnetic field by a superconducting material. The paradox that arises from the fact that such a shielding would apparently preclude the possibility of an interaction energy is resolved and, within the limits of the ideal situation considered, the observed experimental result is derived.


Magnetic Field Interaction Energy Ideal Situation Superconducting Material Background Magnetic Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. O'Raifeartaigh
    • 1
  • N. Straumann
    • 2
  • A. Wipf
    • 3
  1. 1.Dublin Institute for Advanced StudiesDublin 4Ireland
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsEidgenössische Technische HochschuleZürichSwitzerland

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