Fermion Pairing and Superconductivity

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Chapter 2 examined the essential difference between bosons and fermions in the ground state. It was shown that this distinction extends to low temperatures: there exists a phase transition at a finite temperature in a free gas of massive bosons. This phenomenon, which takes place at temperature T0 (2.86), is called Bose-Einstein condensation. There exists no such phenomenon for a system of free fermions,whether the fermions are massive or not. While the problem is simple at all temperatures for free particles, things are different when the particles interact.


Cooper Pair Pairing Mechanism Meissner Effect Fermion Pairing Sign Ambiguity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsSwiss Federal Institute for TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Condensed Matter PhysicsUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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