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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physics of the beaker experiment for superfluid helium

here is an illustration and explanation of the beaker experiment over superfluid helium: So, according to this experiment, can anyone say what is the cause? I mean the superfluids are disconnected ...
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Lorentz force on superconductor vortices

I am reading a paper on superconductivity and in it it says that the vortices are subject to a Lorentz force given by $$\vec{F}_L=\frac{\Phi_0\vec{I} \times \vec{H}}{cH}$$ Here $\vec{F}_L$ is the ...
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Could some astronomical objects have superconducting properties?

The colder it is, the more efficient the superconductivity process works. And as we know, if there is no star nearby, space gets pretty cold. I do appreciate that many condensed, burnt out, stars ...
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Question about Meissner Effect video

In this video, what material is on top of the superconductor disk that keeping it cold? Is it just a circular chunk of dry ice? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA I'm planning on recreating ...
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Is the first excited state of a superconducting qubit a stationary state?

A superconducting qubit is essentially an anharmonic oscillator with uneven spacings of the eigenstates. These states are eigenstates of the overall hamiltonian, which should mean that it is an energy ...
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Superconductors in a magnetic field — mixed phase

In my Stat Mech class we're learning about the phase transition between superconducting and non-superconducting metals in the presence of a magnetic field (Chapter 7, Kittel). I understand that the ...
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What is a d + id superconductor and why does it break time reversal symmetry?

There are a lot of publications dealing with d-wave and d + id superconductivity, but I found no satisfying answer what exactly makes a superconductor d + id and why they break time reversal symmetry. ...
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Topological superconductors: what is the role of spin-orbit coupling? Are there topological non-trivial states without spin-orbit?

Let's say I have a one-dimensional system with particle-hole symmetry and with broken time-reversal symmetry. As a consequence, the chiral symmetry is also broken in this case (the chiral symmetry ...
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Does a magnet floating over a superconductor slowly fall and take infinite time to stabilize?

The reasoning being that as the magnet moves towards the superconductor it induces an opposite magnetic field, until the latter rises sufficiently to equal the weight of the magnet. Except that looks ...
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Questions concerning BCS theory (particularly the “pairing Hamiltonian”)

I've been reading up about the BCS theory of superconductivity, and the treatments I've seen begin rather mysteriously with a Hamiltonian that (in the language of second quantization) looks ...
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Lifting capacity of superconductors

How does the strength of the magnetic field the superconductor is exposed to affect its ability to levitate/lock heavier objects? Or is there no relationship (for superconductors) between magnetic ...
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Mutual inductance versus self inductance of two parallel thin-film wires

I am considering the scenario of two long superconducting thin-film wires (thickness << width << length) running parallel to eachother. They carry a current density that is as usual peaked ...
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Is there net current through a Josephson junction at zero bias?

It is widely stated that when a Josephson junction is placed in a superconducting circuit, the cooper pairs can tunnel through and create a net current without a bias voltage. However, given that the ...
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Why is a transmon a charge qubit?

The classic charge qubit is the cooper pair box which is a capacitor in series with a Josephson junction. In my understanding, by changing the gate voltage at the capacitor, one can create a ...
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Does flux quantization require uniform pair density?

Consider a superconducting circuit with a "box-like 8" geometry like [|] (ie. two square loops which share one side of wire). Here we can have three different currents ($I_1=I_2+I_3$, see H. J. Fink ...
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How to compute the density of state from the Green function?

I'd like to plot the density of state (DOS) for a specific system, say an s-wave BCS superconductor, the Green function of which is ...
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can we have a phase transition from superconductor to the normal only by applying magnetic field?

for superconductors we have a phase transition diagram. according to that phase diagram in a temperature below Tc, we can only increase the applied magnetic field to make a superconductor a normal. ...
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Why is the quench temperature fluctuation not a concern for maglev trains?

I am having trouble discovering why temperature fluctuations and magnetic field fluctuations are not a stability concern for superconducting magnetic levitation trains. I am under the impression that ...
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Superconductivity in space [closed]

Do you think you could use the drastically reduced temperatures in space to create superconductivity on the outside of a ship, for power on the inside, preventing overheating, and a near constant ...
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Meissner effect and levitation

In a field less than critical field, decreasing the temperature below the critical temperature will eliminate the magnetic field inside a superconductor and increase the magnetic field around it. ...
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Is current in superconductors infinite? If they have 0 resistance then I (V/R) should be infinite? [duplicate]

I learned many years ago that according to Ohm's law, current is equal to voltage divided by resistance. Now if superconductors have zero resistance then the current should be infinite. Moreover the ...
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The wavefunction of the superconductor A consists of two parts: B and C

In reading this article, I come across this paragraph: The pink marked place is where I can't understand, why can we use direct product of the former but not the later? This is may be a basic ...
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Does the Meissner effect only effect magnetic fields?

I find this effect very interesting and was wondering what tests have been performed to check its effects on other fields? Also a side question related to this effect, can it trap a magnetic field. ...
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How much charge per unit time passes with the Josephson current

I wonder how does the simple defintion of a current $I = \frac{dQ}{dt}$, i.e. charge per unit time which passes through some area, is applied to the Josephson effect. If I have a Josephson junction ...
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Why talking BCS Hamiltonian doesn't conserve particle number?

The BCS Hamiltonian reads: $$H_{BCS}=\sum_{k\sigma}\epsilon_k c_{k\sigma}^\dagger c_{k\sigma}-\Delta^*\sum_k c_{k\uparrow}^\dagger c_{-k\downarrow}^\dagger+h.c.$$ The particle number operator reads: ...
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What happens to magnetic $B$-field in a superconductor in the Bean model?

In the Bean model, as we start applying a magnetic field $H$ in the plane of a slab, the $B$-field inside the superconductor decreases linearly from each side, and at a sufficiently high field $H^{*}$ ...
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Induced-EMF and Lorentz force,

If a superconductor was placed inside a magnetic field(below critical magnetic field) can it experience the Lorentz force = $IL\times$ $B$? Also, if a superconductor moving inside a magnetic field, ...
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Classification of Bogoliubov de Gennes Hamiltonians

This question refers to the paper Nonstandard symmetry classes in mesoscopic normal-superconducting hybrid structures by Altland and Zirnbauer. In the paper the authors give a classification of ...
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Is the superconducting current made up of Cooper pairs?

Inside the superconductor it should be $\mu_0\mathbf{j} = \mathbf{\nabla} \times \mathbf{B} = 0$, since B is 0 due to the Messner effect. This means that the current is carried by the surface. But ...
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Angle-resolved photoemission spectral (ARPES) function from band Hamiltonian

I am trying to derive spectral function for a band Hamiltonian. I am using http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0306084 as a prototype reference. I do not understand how the coherence factors $u_k$ and $v_k$ ...
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Feshbach resonance in simple terms

I was reading up Feshbach resonances in cold atoms and I was unable to grasp the concept. I will tell you what I have understood. We consider two body scattering processes elastic as well as ...
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Why does the superconductivity hamiltonian have a µ term, while the superfluid does not?

In every discussion of SC and SF that I read (e.g. Simons), the SC Hamiltonian (BCS) has a $\epsilon_k - \mu$ in the kinetic part of the Hamiltonian, while the SF Hamiltonian has just a $\epsilon_k + ...
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Isotope effect in BCS Theory

The BCS theory for supercondictivity says that the effect of variation of lattice ion mass (M) and its effect on transition temperature is given as $T_{c} \space\alpha\space M^{-\beta}$ . The ...
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BCS-BEC crossover

It would be really helpful if somebody could describe what does one mean by a BEC-BCS Crossover. I was going through articles available on the topic, but I was unable to grasp the gist of the topic.
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Magnets quantum locking/levitating [duplicate]

How does cooling a magnet allow it to quantum lock/levitate? I have seen it in videos but do not know how it works.
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On the Bogoliubov transformation in the BCS

I have a question regarding the diagonalization of the BCS-Hamiltonian using the Bogoliubov-DeGennes-transformation. I hope someone can help me, so I start with the following Hamiltonian, it is ...
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When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles were called Majorana fermions?

Since a number of years, the field of superconductivity has a growing obsession with Majorana fermions. I wonder how far back we can go: When was the first time that superconducting quasiparticles ...
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Intuitive explanation for the existence of an energy gap in superconductors

In 2012 there was a nice answer explaining basic superconductivity. It ends with the sentence: The trouble is you're now going to ask for an intuitive description of why the electron correlations ...
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Destroying currents in superconducting rings by vortex tunneling

Consider a superconducting metal ring in which there is a persisting current $I$. I am interested in the failure of this current to remain "persisting" in the ring, although this will occur at ...
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About recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors

I have a couple of question about the recent experimental evidence of Majorana edge states in topological superconductors. Which are the main differences between the experimental signatures of ...
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What is the temperature dependence of the critical current in weak links?

I am now working on hybrid Josephson junctions that are supposed to be tunnel junctions, so that the temperature dependence of the critical current should be $$ I_c ...
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Analogies between Fraunhofer diffraction and Josephson junctions

There are several analogies between diffraction patterns and Josephson junctions, especially between a double slit experiment and two Josephson junctions in a superconducting ring (like this): Both ...
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Cooper instability assuming triplet pairing

I am stuck on a question in Chapter 11 of Advanced Solid State Physics by Philip Phillips, which asks to do the Cooper instability calculation for triplet pairing. I attempt to solve the Schroedinger ...
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Does a superconducting coil need a minimum amount of electric current to be a superconducting magnet?

I'm not about that for a tiny amount of Cooper electrons perhaps we can't measure the magnetic field. I suppose that it needs some influental electric current below which the coil isn't a superfluid ...
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Will electron repulse by superconductor or at least change trajectory?

Suppose we have an electron gun which is bombarding superconductor. Would the electron get repelled or change its trajectory? It is well known that electrons are sources of magnetic fields. Also it ...
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Confusion between band structure and energy gap of conventional superconductor

Can anyone please clarify my confusion? Why does a superconducting state conducts electricity even if it has an energy gap? The difference between metals and insulators is that there is a gap at the ...
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Precisely speaking, does photon become massive or the phonon become massive, due to Higgs mechanism in superconductor?

Consider the low-energy field theories of superfluids and superconductors. In superfluids, the spontaneous breaking of the order parameter's phase creates phonons as the massless Goldstone ...
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Why does this 'Quantum Pinned' superconductor allow easy repositioning

I'm confused by videos such as this (popular demonstration of 'Quantum Levitation'): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA So my current understanding of superconductors is that when in the ...
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How is the current equation calculated from Ginzburg-Landau (GL) free energy?

In the Ginzburg-Landau theory, we can get the current expression from GL free energy: $$F = \int dV \left \{\alpha |\psi|^2 + \frac{\beta}{2}|\psi|^4 + \frac{1}{2m^*} \mid (\frac{\hbar}{i}\nabla - ...
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What makes a superconductor topological?

I have read a fair bit about topological insulators and proximity induced Majorana bound states when placing a superconductor in proximity to a topological insulator. I've also read a bit about ...