Superconductivity: An introduction by Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn

By Philippe Mangin, Rémi Kahn

This e-book proposes a radical creation for a diversified viewers. The reader will grasp London idea and the Pippard equations, and move directly to comprehend variety I and kind II superconductors (their thermodynamics, magnetic houses, vortex dynamics, present transport…), Cooper pairs and the result of BCS concept. through learning coherence and flux quantization she or he may be bring about the Josephson impact which, with the SQUID, is an effective instance of the purposes. The reader could make up for any gaps in his wisdom with using the appendices, persist with the common sense at the back of each one version, and assimilate thoroughly the underlying ideas. nearly 250 illustrations assist in constructing an intensive understanding.

This quantity is aimed in the direction of masters and doctoral scholars, in addition to complicated undergraduates, lecturers and researchers in any respect degrees coming from a extensive variety of matters (chemistry, physics, mechanical and electric engineering, fabrics science…). Engineers operating in may have an invaluable advent to different extra utilized or really expert material.

Philippe Mangin is emeritus professor of physics at Mines Nancy Graduate college of technology, Engineering and Management of the collage of Lorraine, and researcher on the Jean Lamour Institute in France. he's the previous director of either the French neutron scattering facility, Léon Brillouin Laboratory in Orsay, and the Material Physics Laboratory in Nancy, and has taught superconductivity to a huge viewers, particularly to engineering students.

Rémi Kahn is a retired senior examine scientist of the French substitute Energies and Atomic power fee (CEA-Saclay). He labored on the Léon Brillouin Laboratory and used to be answerable for the experimental components of INB one hundred and one (the Orphée learn reactor).

This paintings replied to the necessity to deliver an available account appropriate for a large spectrum of scientists and engineers.

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This inductive mechanism is seen in all metals. In a normal metal, however, the induced current is damped by the resistivity in a time of order  (1014 s in copper). After this time Ba vanish and the magnetic field B0 can “penetrate” the sample. We have shown, therefore, that the perfect conductor reacts, in agreement with LENZ’s law, in opposing any change in the magnetic field in its interior (beyond a distance of L). 3 - Superconductor versus perfect conductor In fact it is seen experimentally that the magnetic behavior of a superconductor is not what we would expect of a perfect conductor.

Remark - When the superconductor is not infinite in the field direction, as can be the case of an actual wire or slab, B is the superposition of the applied field B0 and a contribution from the demagnetizing field (see Chap. 5). 7 - The OCHSENFELD experiment We have now seen that, if it is placed in a magnetic field, the superconductor creates screening currents in a layer with characteristic thickness L. These currents generate a magnetic field inside the material that we shall call Ba (in reference to AMPÈRE currents in magnetism), which exactly compensates the applied field B0.

Other methods exist, using thin films or via inductive methods. In any case they are always subtle and relatively imprecise. 24). 10). 8 See the proof of this formula in the appendix to Chapter 4. 9 tanh(x)  1 for x  1 and [tanh(x)  x  (x3/3)] for x  1. 2 - Temperature dependence of the LONDON penetration depth Experiments show that the LONDON penetration depth L(T ) increases slowly at low temperatures and diverges approaching the transition temperature Tc (Fig. 7). 32), ns(T )  (Tc  T ) near Tc .

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