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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Monopoles and the magnetic Higgs mechanism

In a paper of 't Hooft about the rĂ´le 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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Why is the AdS/CFT approach to superconductors rarely cited in condensed matter publications?

Let me put things into perspective by comparing with other applications of string theory. Nowadays review papers written by cosmologists about inflation models often discuss string theory scenarios ...
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Is the uniqueness theorem correct in superconductivity?

There is an uniqueness theorem in electromagnetism. It says that the solution of Maxwell's Equations is determined uniquely by boundary conditions. We can treat superconductivity as a completely ...
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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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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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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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What theory describes high temperature superconductivity more sucessfully?

We know that there are so many theories on the high temperature superconductivity in cuprate. E.g. the U(1)/SU(2) gauge theory description of doped Mott insulator[Lee, Nagaosa, Wen], the phase-string ...
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What determines the spatial variation in phase in a superconductor?

I'm assuming that since a superconductor is in one common wave function, the time evolution is governed by the typical global phase variation: $$ \psi (t) = e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}E_nt}\psi(0) $$ ...
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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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How to generalize BdG equation in order to match a graphene with a metal superconductor?

I want to generalize BdG equation in order to compute the conductance of a junction of graphene with a metal superconductor. The previous works done until now on this hetrojunction is devotted to use ...
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Odd-frequency pairing

What is so interesting in odd-frequency pairing in superconductors (Tanaka) ? Why is it worth exploring both theoretically and experimentaly?
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What is the relation between pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking?

Some papers concerning high-$T_c$ superconductor discuss the pseudogap and time reversal symmetry breaking. My questions are: What is the characteristic of order-parameter in pseudogap? How to ...
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How can we see that there is superconductivity/superfluidity in the boundary theory in the holographic principle?

For example in the models for holographic superconductors we can calculate the conductivity. Also there is an energy gap. I can understand that it describes a superconductor. However I have also heard ...
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Can flux pinning be used for propulsion in Earth's magnetic field?

I was wondering if the following steps would result in a net displacement on a spacecraft operating in Earth's magnetic field: Turn on a superconductor Use a linear actuator to shift some mass Turn ...
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What is meant by the quantum integrity in a superconducting loop

I encountered this in the context of using squid microscopy to test for d-wave pairing in an iron arsenide superconductor where the goal of the experiment was to detect half integer flux quantum ...
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Books on superconductivity and its relation to spontaneous symmetry breaking

I wish to understand more about the relationship between superconductivity and spontaneous symmetry breaking. I would also appreciate sources for learning about symmetry breaking and particles in more ...
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Interpolation formula for BCS superconducting gap

In BCS theory, the superconducting gap is given by solving at different temperatures the integral ...
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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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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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what experiments can be used to distinguish between s-wave and d-wave superconductivity?

What are some experiments which be used to distinguish between s-wave and d-wave superconductivity?
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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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Weinberg's QFT and superconductors

In the beginning of subparagraph about superconductors (which corresponds to paragraph about spontaneously symmetry breaking) Weingberg states that in superconductors EM gauge invariance is ...
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What can be found in the MT curves of superconductors?

I am confused about the magnetic susceptibility vs. temperature curves (MT) of superconductors (SCs). In the normal conduction state (I measured from 4.5K to 300K), the susceptibility curve can obey ...
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How can Multiple Andreev Reflections be explained as a succession of individual Andreev reflections?

I have understood the mechanisms at work in single Andreev reflections (N(ormal)-S(uperconducter) interface) and Andreev bound states (N-S-N). For multiple Andreev reflections of order 3, the ...
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What are the exact properties of a superconducting coil?

I've seen plenty of experiments involving a cylinder-shaped superconductor and a floating magnet. I haven't seen many, if any experimentation on the properties of coils. For example: Can we measure ...
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Why does Pressure Increase the Tc (Critical Temperature) of a Superconductor?

Just a heads up - please make this answer understandable to around 1st year degree level physics - not PhD research. So I can understand it - thanks. I was wondering why they Critical Temperature ...
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Fractional Josephson effect explained

I am confused by the fractional Josephson effect. I still don't know if there has to be parity conservation or not. Is the fractional Josepshon effect always connected to fermion parity anomaly ...
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Does the real part of the inverse dielectric function have to be negative at some point for Cooper pairs to form?

Electrons naturally repel one another. However, in a superconductor, a phonon-mediated interaction causes the electrons to have a weak attractive interaction. Suppose that the interaction between two ...
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Relation between p+ip wave Superconductor and Moore-Read State

I am quite interested in the understanding of the relation between p_ip wave superconductor(SC) and the Moore-Read(MR) state. They share many similar properties, for example, p+ip SC has majorana as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) exist?

FLEX method was invented by N.E.Bickers and D.J.Scalapino in 1989 (PRL 62,961; Ann. Phys. 193,206). Later it was extended to multi-orbital system (T.Takimoto,PRB,69,104504). But I don't find FLEX ...
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Trace of the number operator in second quantization

I would like to find the helmholtz free energy of a system $F=-T ln(Tr[e^{\frac{-H}{T}}])$ namely a bcs superconductor (using Annett's notation) $H=\sum E_k (b_{k\uparrow}^\dagger ...
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Why supra-conductivity became super-conductivity?

The original article by the Kamerlingh Onnes team in Leiden does not give a name to the new effect: Kamerlingh Onnes, H. Further experiments with liquid helium. C. On the change of electric ...
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generation / destruction of fermions by phonons

my Hamiltonian consists of 1D free fermions coupled to a bosonic bath. The interaction is dictated both by scattering terms $H^{scatt}=\sum_{kq}\alpha^S_{kq}c^\dagger_kc_{k+q}X_q+h.c.$ as well as ...
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Current between supeconducting rings

How to calculate the current between two superconducting rings with radius r separated by a distance d? Please note that being unfamiliar to the concept of superconducting rings, I can't approach ...
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What is the status of the Gennes - Alexander theory of Superconducting Micronetworks?

I have started reading the book Connectivity and Superconductivity which gives an introduction to the ideas of de Gennes-Alexander theory. My question is: how is this theory regarded experimentally? ...
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Why do Superconductors make Magnetic Fields Bend Away

When superconductors reach their "threshold temperature" their electrical resistance turns 0. This makes the magnetic field lines not pass through the superconductor but instead bend itself around it ...
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Chemical potential of Cooper pairs

Consider a BCS Hamiltonian with an additional term that reads: $i\mu c_k^+c_{-k}^+ + H.c$. What is the meaning of $\mu$? How one can write this term in real space, and does this term show up in the ...
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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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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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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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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. ...