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  • K. H. Bennemann
  • J. B. Ketterson


In 1911 Kamerling-Onnes discovered superconductivity in mercury at 4.2K, in 1933 the fundamental Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect (j s A) has been discovered and in 1957 Bardeen, Cooper, Schrieffer explained superconductivity using an electronic theory as resulting from the electron-phonon coupling (B.C.S.-theory). In many metals this interaction caused singlet Cooperpairing (k ↑, −k ↓) of electrons within an energy-shell of the order of 2ω D around the Fermi-energy ε F (ω D = Debye energy). The resultant superconductivity was described by an order-parameter Δ k having s-symmetry (Δ k = Δ). Most metals exhibited superconductivity below a relatively low transition-temperature T c and T c ≤ 20K [1]. In Fig. 1.1 we illustrate the occurence of superconductivity in the periodic table.
Fig. 1.1

The occurrence of superconductivity in the periodic table is illustrated. Clearly as the history of superconductivity shows alloys and compounds of the elements play a most important role


External Magnetic Field Superconducting State Quantum Critical Point Conventional Superconductor Granular Superconductor 
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  • K. H. Bennemann
    • 1
  • J. B. Ketterson
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsFreie Universität BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Physic and Astronomy Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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