An introduction

  • Philippe Mangin
  • Rémi Kahn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 1-12
  3. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 13-48
  4. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 49-57
  5. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 59-85
  6. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 87-109
  7. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 111-145
  8. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 189-224
  9. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 225-241
  10. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 243-288
  11. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 289-311
  12. Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn
    Pages 313-348
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 349-379

About this book


This book proposes a thorough introduction for a varied audience. The reader will master London theory and the Pippard equations, and go on to understand type I and type II superconductors (their thermodynamics, magnetic properties, vortex dynamics, current transport…), Cooper pairs and the results of BCS theory. By studying coherence and flux quantization he or she will be lead to the Josephson effect which, with the SQUID, is a good example of the applications. The reader can make up for any gaps in his knowledge with the use of the appendices, follow the logic behind each model, and assimilate completely the underlying concepts. Approximately 250 illustrations help in developing a thorough understanding.

This volume is aimed towards masters and doctoral students, as well as advanced undergraduates, teachers and researchers at all levels coming from a broad range of subjects (chemistry, physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, materials science…). Engineers working in industry will have a useful introduction to other more applied or specialized material.

Philippe Mangin is emeritus professor of physics at Mines Nancy Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Management of the University of Lorraine, and researcher at the Jean Lamour Institute in France. He is the former director of both the French neutron scattering facility, Léon Brillouin Laboratory in Orsay, and the Material Physics Laboratory in Nancy, and has taught superconductivity to a broad audience, in particular to engineering students.

Rémi Kahn is a retired senior research scientist of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-Saclay). He worked at the Léon Brillouin Laboratory and was in charge of the experimental areas of INB 101 (the Orphée research reactor).

This work responded to the need to bring an accessible account suitable for a wide spectrum of scientists and engineers.


High Tc Superconductors Levitation in Magnetic Fields Meissner Effect Quantum Critical Behavior Quantum Criticality Superconductivity Book Superconductor Quantum Interference Device Type II Superconductors Zero Electrical Resistance

Authors and affiliations

  • Philippe Mangin
    • 1
  • Rémi Kahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Jean Lamour InstituteUniversity of LorraineNancyFrance
  2. 2.Léon Brillouin LaboratoryCEA Saclay Léon Brillouin LaboratoryGif sur YvetteFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50525-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50527-5
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