Superconductivity is the transmission of current with no resistive losses, and is one of the most active areas of condensed matter physics research.

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DC Josephson effect

I was taught that currents are always associated with some nonequilibrium situtations. Now I encountered the DC Josephson effect where equilibrium current can be calculated from this formula: $I = ...
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Do all the electrons form Cooper pairs at absolute zero?

At $T=0K$, do all the electrons form Cooper pairs, or just the electrons near the Fermi Surface do?
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What kind of free energy do we use for a superconductor in a magnetic field?

My reasoning is as follows (using Gaussian units): Start from the second law: $$dU=TdS+dW,$$ where $dW$ is the work done by the magnetic field. To derive $dW$, we consider a solenoid with current ...
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Cooper instability

I have a question about the mechanism of Cooper instability. I know the naive picture with two interacting electrons and noninteracting fermi sea wchich leads to the bound state formation. However, if ...
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Why does proximity to a superconductor open a gap in the surface states of topological insulators

I have read in many places that the gapless surface states of 3D topological insulators are robust to perturbations which do not break time-reversal symmetry. I have recently also seen many papers ...
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Numeric value of the electrons drift velocity in superconductors

Somebody knows the numeric value of electrons drift velocity in superconductors? How this value depends from the used superconductor material? What's about the current? Since the electrical resistance ...
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Evaluating low-temperature dependence of the BCS gap function

How does one go about evaluating the behavior of the BCS gap $ \Delta = \Delta(T) $ for $ T \to 0^+ $ under the weak coupling approximation $ \Delta/\hbar\omega_D \ll 1 $? In Fetter & Walecka, ...
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Why is a Josephson junction important for a SQUID?

A SQUID works using the concept that flux going through a superconducting circuit is quantized. So, if we try to change the magnetic field smoothly, the circuit will produce a screening current that ...
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A potential perpetual motion machine?

If I were to freeze a superconductor, the ones made up of yttrium barium copper oxide, with liquid nitrogen and placed it on one of those strong neodymium magnets, it should float right? Now what ...
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What are the current contenders/most promising approaches to High Tc Superconductivity?

I want to know what kinds of things theorists are currently looking at. Specifically, I want to know more about the promise that field-theoretic methods are showing. I am studying superconductivity at ...
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Can a charged particle pass through a superconductor?

Can a charged particle pass through a superconductor? I think it is impossible, because the superconductor will induce an infinite electric field which keeps the particle away.
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Economical ways for Cooling liquid nitrogen

To have some fun with superconductors I am planning to buy them from here. But it requires me to cool liquid nitrogen to a temperature of 77 degrees Kelvin. Can some one tell me what kind of ...
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Proximity effect and integrating out the quasiparticle degrees of freedom

I am reading at the moment the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5203 and try to reproduce the results. One result is the proximity correction $S_{\Sigma}$ to the system $$ e^{-S_{\Sigma}} ...
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How to understand the equivalence between Andreev reflection and Cooper pair injection?

It is well know that Andreev reflection dominates the subgap transport at the normal metal-superconductor interface. An incident electron can be reflected as a hole in the Nambu space, which ...
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Quantum Locking Superconductors on Earth's Magnetic Field

Is the earth's magnetic field strong enough to hold a quantum locked superconductor, or the superconductor wouldn't be able hold its own weight? How strong should be the earth's magnetic field to ...
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How to derive electron number equation of Bogoliubov Hamiltonian using thermodynamic relations.

My question arise from this article: Edge superconducting correlation in the attractive-U Kane-Mele-Hubbard model. I will describe my question in detail so that you might not need to look into that ...
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Solving the BCS Hamiltonian via the Bogoliubov Transformation

I was doing a calculation in Giamarchi's Introduction to Many Body Physics, chapter 3, on BCS theory and second quantization, and ran into some confusion with the BCS Hamiltonian. The pdf is here for ...
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Long range order in the BCS ground state

I am trying to prove the following equivalent form for long-range-order in superconductivity (Annett's book states something like this) : \begin{equation}\lim_{|R-R'|\to ...
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Monopoles and the magnetic Higgs mechanism

In a paper of 't Hooft about the rôle of magnetic monopoles for a model of quark confinement, I don't understand the following sentence (end af paragraph 14) [...] in order for monopoles to ...
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Abrikosov and his fluxoids (why only one ?)

In superconductivity, when we solve the ginzburg-landau equations relative to a 2 dimensional plane immersed in a magnetic field, we find that a periodic lattice of vortices is a solution. When we ...
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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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Similarities between laminar-turbulence transition and others like BCS-BEC crossover, quark-hadron transition etc

From my limited readings on fluid dynamics, my understanding is that as the system changes from near-laminar flows to full turbulence, the dimensionless Reynolds number changes from $ R << 1$ to ...
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Does electrical current have a measurable momentum?

If I were to build a levitating super-cooled superconducting loop of wire with a electrically charged circuit that would discharge its stored energy to produce a large circulation of current around ...
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Why are Cooper pairs formed by electrons of opposite momentum and spin?

I understand that Cooper pair in low-temperature superconductivity are formed by electron-phonon interaction. Normally one then assumes that electrons of opposite momentum and spin are paired. This is ...
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Toroidal magnet in Tonomura et al. demonstration of Aharonov-Bohm effect

What does the magnetic field look like in Tonomura's toroidal magnet coated with a superconductor? See this paper to find results showing conclusive proof of the A-B effect and flux quantization. ...
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Exact wavefunction of superconducting state

Eventhough we know the mechanism of superconductivity (conventional superconductors) why couldn't we obtain the exact wavefunction of this state? Edit: is there any simpler example in which we know ...
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What is the maximum current carrying capacity of a Josephson tunnel junction?

In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to tunnel between two pieces of superconductor. With a potential difference $V$ ...
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What is a “charged order parameter”?

In condensed matter physics, especially in the context of superconductors, if an author uses the phrase "charged order parameter", what does it refer to? Since the superconductor has a close relation ...
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Characteristic polynomial of a Matrix

In fact, this problem is more likely to be a math problem. When I read a paper(http://arxiv.org/abs/0707.2875), the author includes the characteristic polynomial for a type of matrix $A_k$ with ...
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A single valued function from a multi-valued function

In Schrieffer's book "Theory of Superconductivity", there is said when he deals with multiple connected superconductors (and discuss London equations), that if one takes the line integral of the ...
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What happens in a circuit, when the wire and the battery are superconducting. And shorted

When a wire with no resistance is connected to the terminals of an ideal battery, will a current exist in the circuit? If a capacitor is added to the circuit, will it be charged by the battery or will ...
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Simple & intuitive explanation of superfluidity?

I know that superfluidity is caused by the fluid having zero viscosity. This only happens at very low temperature, so the fluid (e.g. Helium-4) is a Bose-Einstein condensate. I also know that in a ...
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Where does the phase difference come from in a Josephson Junction?

When you separate two superconductors by a thin insulating film, a current $I(t)=I_0 \sin{\theta(t)}$ flows between the superconductors, where $\theta$ is the phase difference between the ...
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How Does The Macroscopic Wavefunction Build Up?

How does the macroscopic wavefunction (the order parameter) builds up from zero value to the a finite value when liquid He undergoes a transition from normal to the superfluid state? How does it ...
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Could a super conductor actually be used to repel gravity? [duplicate]

I've always been interested in anti-gravity and how you could do it. I know that it would make space travel easier because less fuel would be required, but is it possible?
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Commutators of differential and field operators

In $p+ip$ superconductivity, a term in the Hamiltonian (in polar coordinates) is $$ H=\int \mathrm{d}^2\vec{r} \left[ \left( \partial_r -\frac{i}{r} \partial_{\theta} \right) \psi^\dagger(\vec{r}) ...
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Superconducting loop as a particle detector?

Imagine that one has induced a persistent current in a superconducting loop. If a particle interacted with an electron in one of the Cooper pairs then would some decoherence and dissipation occur? I ...
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Drift velocity of electrons in a superconducting loop

Do electrons travel at the Fermi velocity in a superconducting loop? For metals the Fermi velocity seems to be around $10^6$ m/s. So would electrons (in a Cooper pair) travel around the loop at this ...
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Superconducting wire in a Magnetic Field?

A superconducting wire($SC$) is moved rapidly in a magnetic field( $1$ $Tesla$), what would happen to the wire? Are there any forces induced of attraction or repulsion? In a typical conductor, we ...
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Why is there a Majorana zero mode in the $\pi$ flux core of the p+ip superconductor?

In this review paper (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1202.1293.pdf), the author shows that threading a $\pi$ flux through a 2D $p_x+ip_y$ superconductor will trap a Majorana zero mode at the flux center. The ...
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Superconductivity in graphene with spin orbital coupling, is it proper to let the order parameter on two sub-lattice equal?

I am reading this article: Edge superconducting correlation in the attractive-U Kane-Mele-Hubbard model. Considering just the first part of the article, where a negative-U Hubbard model with the ...
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Seiberg-Witten theory and Superconductivity

There seems to have some (deep) relation between Seiberg-Witten theory and superconductivity. e.g. this Witten paper. Q: Could someone introduce the relations between the twos both physically in ...
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Bogoliubov - de Gennes Hamiltonian and Zeeman energy

For my system I can write down the Hamiltonian in this form: $$ H = \begin{pmatrix} \epsilon_{1\downarrow}-\mu_{B}B & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & \epsilon_{2\uparrow}+\mu_{B}B & 0 & 0 \\ ...
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In superconductivity, is resistance =0?

If a metal shows superconductivity of electricity at definite temperature, then during superconductivity can we consider resistance of metal = 0?
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How does Cooper pairing work?

Cooper pairs are one of the models how superconductivity is explained. What still baffles me is how a vibration of the crystal lattice (the so-called phonon) can interact with the electron (an actual ...
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Numerical solution of the BCS gap equation, with Coulomb potential

I'm interested in the excitons condensation, which is described by an equation which is very similar to the standard BCS gap equation. I will be referring to this article: ...
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Why superconductors aren't used in space?

As we all know temperature of space is near to absolute zero.Then why super conductors aren't used there?
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How are superconductors discovered?

How do scientists discover superconductors? Do they test properties of every material available on Earth? Or do they do something mathematically?
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Qubit in Type 1.5 superconductor?

I'm interested in Type 1.5 superconductors, first proposed by Egor Babaev in 2002 and found in the laboratory in 2009 (magnesium dibromide). Such conductors favor small bundles of vortices. The most ...
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Reference for Correlation Lengths of various superconducting materials

Is there a standard reference in which one would look up the experimentally determined correlation lengths $\xi_0$ for various superconducting materials? This is often called the intrinsic coherence ...