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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How is superconducting coherence length measured in experiment?

In a superconductor, the coherence length measure the mean distance between two electrons in the Cooper pair. How is the coherence length experimentally measured?
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Triplet pairing hard to observe?

I am reading a review on topological superconductivity and Majorana Fermions by Flensberg and Leijnse and at some point they state Triplet pairing has been predicted for the ground state of the ...
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If increasing applying energy to an atom excites electrons, why does electrical conductivity decrease as temperature increases?

Applying energy to an atom makes the electrons jump up to higher energy levels. This is known as excitation. Electrons on higher energy levels are easier to remove from an atom than those on lower ...
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Charging by induction [on hold]

When we charge an conductor by induction and grounding, we first bring a negative charge to the conductor. As a result the mobile electrons of the conductor get repelled and stay far from the negative ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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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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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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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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Difference between $\nu=5/2$ quantum Hall state, chiral p-wave superconductor, He 3

I am interested in the relation between the following three phases of matter (in 2D): chiral $p$-wave superconductor (spineless $p_x + i p_y$ pairing) $\nu=5/2$ fractional quantum Hall state A-phase ...
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Superconductors and hoverboards

We know that superconductors are repelled by magnetic fields. The earth has a magnetic field of about $10^{-5}$ Tesla. I just want to know if it is possible to use this property of earth to make ...
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properties of p-wave superconductors in a self consistent calculation

2D p+ip superconductors have zero energy mid-gap modes localized at the boundaries as well as in the vortex cores as pointed out in several places such as Read, Green and Ivanov. The modes result in ...
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Why do superconductors have a maximum current density?

If superconductors have no resistance, what prevents you making the cross-section as small as you can handle, if there will be no power dissipated anyhow? Is there a limit on the magnetic field that ...
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Superconducting Order Parameter and Time Reversal Symmetry

How to understand the following definition of a time reversal operation $K$ given in the review by Sigrist and Ueda: $$K a_{\mathbf{k},s}^{\dagger} = \sum_{s'} (-i\sigma_y)_{s,s'} a_{-\mathbf{k},s'}$$ ...
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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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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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Are there topological non-trivial states in zero dimension?

The periodic table of topological insulators and superconductors suggests that there can be topological non-trivial phases in zero dimension in non-interacting system with certain symmetries. A 0D ...
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Question about superconductivity

A long cylinder of radius $R$ is made from two different material. Its radius $r<r_0$ $(r_0<R)$ part is a material with superconducting transition temperature $T_1$, and its $r_0<r<R$ ...
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Is there an electric field within a superconducting inductor?

I have learned that the magnitude of the EMF (potential difference) between the terminals of an inductor is equal to L*di/dt. Does this imply that an electric field does indeed exist in an ideal ...
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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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If BdG Hamiltonian has particle-hole redundancy, how can it be trusted in discussing the topological properties of superconductors?

In BdG Hamiltonians, the particle-hole symmetry is not a true symmetry but rather a redundancy of description. In my oppinion, saying with the presence of particle-hole symmetry is just saying: hey, ...
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Earth's magnetic field

New researchs found that very high pressure on certain materials may reduce the degree of temperature required to change to superconductor. So is it possible that the high pressure in earth core ...
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References on Josephson ring modulators

I would like some good references on Josephson junctions and, in particular, Josephson ring modulators. I know that Devoret has written a handful of papers and notes on JJs, but I am hoping to find ...
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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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Is there contradiction between BCS state and the Superselection rule? [closed]

BCS state can be projected into particle number basis. There are different particle numbers in different wave component. But according to the superselection rule there seems to be no such state. I am ...
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How to get the expectation value of the spin of a generate spin triplet states? [closed]

For two spin-1/2 electrons, the general spin triplet states is a linear combination of the three basis states: $\left.|\uparrow\uparrow\right>, ...
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Lorentz force on superconductors?

If current flows on the surface of a superconductor(for both type I & II) and is exposed to an exterior magnetic field, will a superconductor experience a Lorentz force? Knowing that a ...
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Relativistic drift velocity of electrons in a superconductor?

Is there a formula for the effective speed of electron currents inside superconductors? The formula for normal conductors is: $$ V = \frac{I}{nAq}$$ I wonder if there are any changes to this ...
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Spin interaction of Virtual Phonon's forming Cooper Pairs

Im confused about the spin of virtual Phonons, my lecture notes suggested that even spin bosons repel opposite charges, and it also suggested that cooper pairs form by considering the "Charge" to be ...
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Lorentz force on type II superconductors?

The electrical resistance being zero in a superconductor, if a magnetic field is strong enough to generate vortices where the flux lines will pass through the material, and the current flow is ...
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Is there a database or a classification of High-temperature superconductors?

I was wondering if there exists a list with all (or most of) the High-$T_c$ superconductor materials. In particular I'd like to know if there are databases or review that classifies them by their ...
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AdS/CFT and Kondo problem/ Ginzburg-Landau theory

I was reading the review on Unconventional superconductivity by Mike Norman, towards the end (page 22) he comments two things about AdS/CMT: "In the condensed matter context in two dimensions, one ...
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1D superconductivity does not exist even at zero temperature?

In class Professor claimed that 1D superconductivity does not exist even at zero temperature. I did a preliminary search and found papers on 1D superconductors. Did I or the Prof make a mistake or ...
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Why superconductor have vortex

Sorry guys I really don't understand the idea of vortex in superconductor, why superconductors type II have vortices ? Thanks in advance!
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What's the difference between charge density wave and charge ordering for superconductors

So far, my understanding is that they are the same. Charge ordering is a phase transition and the material will have charge density waves once it's in a charge ordered state...? This sounds too simple ...
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Do we always have particle-hole symmetry?

If we write the BdG equation for any model, and double the degrees of freedom (e.g. 4N*4N matrix for a N site chain), then we are guaranteed the particle-hole symmetry. Is there any constraints to do ...
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How are superconducting magnets powered?

Since the resistance of a superconducting circuit is exactly 0, it would try to draw infinite current from a power source, since P=I^2*R. For a finite power source, I-> infinity as R->0. Correct? ...
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Majorana fermions in s wave superconductor

I need some help to understand the majorana fermions in $s-$ wave superconductor and to check whether following method is correct For $s-$ wave superconductor we can write the Hamiltonian as ...
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Usage of rare earth barium copper oxide (ReBCo) superconductors (for fusion reactors)

Recently, scientist from MIT have proposed a new design for a compact fusion reactor, see for example this ArXiV paper. I do not want to discuss the physics of their reactor but am more interested in ...
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Intuitive reasons for superconductivity

Superconductivity I read in a book "Physics - Resnik and Halliday" the explanation of Type-I Superconductors {cold ones} that: The Electrons that make up current at super-cool temperatures move ...
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Difference between a Hamiltonian and its mean-field form?

In most solid state physics text books, BCS theory is introduced in the following way: The authors introduce a mean-field parameter (based on the superconduncting pair) and upon that, they reduce the ...
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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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Three-dimensional flat bands and how to create them?

Consider a three-dimensional non-interacting system with translational invariance. It is easy to create a two-dimensional flat band by putting this system into a uniform magnetic field. The energy ...
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What is the Difference Between a Type-1 and a Type-2 Superconductor?

As the title says, I was wondering what the difference was between a Type-1 and a Type-2 Superconductor. Especially in terms of the Coherent Length and Penetration Depth of a Magnetic Field - and how ...
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Can the hole concentration of cuprate superconductors generally be determined from lattice parameters?

As it is known, in YBCO superconductors, lattice parameters are strongly dependent on hole concentration, so hole concentration can be determined by measuring the c-axis parameter, see e.g. "Oxygen ...
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Cooper Pair Breaking and Quasiparticle Excitations

My question concerns the breaking of Cooper pairs and the excitation of quasiparticles. At T = 0 all electrons are condensed in the ground state as cooper pairs. If one increases the temperature one ...
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Effect of doping in Superconductor

Doping an element (for example element substitution) could be lower down the critical temperature of superconductor, but i don't know the mechanism behind this, is it because more bosons need to ...
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Superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry

Let us consider a system of a 1D edge of a 2D topological insulator in proximity to an s-wave superconductor. The system is described by the Hamiltonian: $$ H =\frac{1}{2} \int \mathrm{d}x \ ...
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What is crystal “supermodulation”?

I am researching the pair density wave in cuprates, and during my reading I came across a term "crystal supermodulation". I believe it relates to BSCCO. Can anyone give me a definition or give me a ...
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Criticality in BCS Theory

Can someone provide me with a pedagogical introduction into the role of criticality in BCS theory? The QCD condensate is due to strong coupling. The BCS condensation involves only weak coupling - ...
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Particle-Hole transformation in Superconductor

The Bogoliubov - de Gennes equation has a emergent particle-hole symmetry: $$ \mathcal{P}H\mathcal{P}^{\dagger} = -H\text{.} $$ My question is now what happen to the Nambu spinor: $$ ...