2nd Edition

Handbook of Superconductivity Fundamentals and Materials, Volume One

    472 Pages 313 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press


    This is the first of three volumes of the extensively revised and updated second edition of the Handbook of Superconductivity. The past twenty years have seen rapid progress in superconducting materials, which exhibit one of the most remarkable physical states of matter ever to be discovered. Superconductivity brings quantum mechanics to the scale of the everyday world where a single, coherent quantum state may extend over a distance of metres, or even kilometres, depending on the size of a coil or length of superconducting wire. Viable applications of superconductors rely fundamentally on an understanding of this intriguing phenomena and the availability of a range of materials with bespoke properties to meet practical needs. This first volume covers the fundamentals of superconductivity and the various classes of superconducting materials, which sets the context and background for Volumes 2 and 3.


    Key Features:

    • Covers the depth and breadth of the field
    • Includes contributions from leading academics and industry professionals across the world
    • Provides hands-on guidance to the manufacturing and processing technologies


    A comprehensive reference, this handbook is suitable for both graduate students and practitioners in experimental physics, materials science and multiple engineering disciplines, including electronic and electrical, chemical, mechanical, metallurgy and others.






    Part A Fundamentals of Superconductivity

    A1 Introduction to Section A1: History, Mechanisms and Materials

    David A. Cardwell and David C. Larbalestier

    A1.1 Historical Development of Superconductivity

    Brian Pippard

    A1.2 An Introduction to Superconductivity

    William F. "Joe" Vinen and Terry P. Orlando

    A1.3 The Polaronic Basis for High-Temperature Superconductivity

    K. Alex Müller

    A2 Introduction to Section A2: Fundamental Properties

    Alexander V. Gurevich

    A2.1 Phenomenological Theories

    Archie M. Campbell

    A2.2 Microscopic Theory

    Anthony J. Leggett

    A2.3 Normal-State Metallic Behavior in Contrast to Superconductivity: An Introduction

    David Welch

    A2.4 The Meissner–Ochsenfeld Effect

    Rudolf P. Huebener

    A2.5 Loss of Superconductivity in Magnetic Fields

    Rudolf P. Huebener

    A2.6 High-Frequency Electromagnetic Properties

    Adrian Porch, Enrico Silva, and Ruggero Vaglio

    A2.7 Flux Quantization

    Colin Gough

    A2.8 Josephson Effects

    Edward J. Tarte

    A2.9 Other Josephson-Related Phenomena

    Alexander A. Golubov and Francesco Tafuri

    A3 Introduction to Section A3: Critical Currents of Type II Superconductors

    David A. Cardwell

    A3.1 Vortices and Their Interaction

    E. Helmut Brandt

    A3.2 Flux Pinning

    Kees van der Beek and Peter H. Kes

    Part B Low-Temperature Superconductors

    B Introduction to Section B: Low-Temperature Superconductors

    Peter J. Lee

    B1 Nb-Based Superconductors

    Gianluca De Marzi and Luigi Muzzi

    B2 Magnesium Diboride

    Chiara Tarantini

    B3 Chevrel Phases

    Damian P. Hampshire

    Part C High-Temperature Superconductors

    C Introduction to Section C: High-Temperature Superconductors

    Jeffery L. Tallon

    C1 YBCO

    Jeffery L. Tallon

    C2 Bismuth-Based Superconductors

    Jun-ichi Shimoyama


    Emilio Bellingeri and René Flükiger

    C4 HgBCCO

    Judy Z. Wu

    C5 Iron-Based Superconductors

    Hideo Hosono

    C6 Hydrides

    Jeffery L. Tallon

    Part D Other Superconductors

    D Introduction to Section D: Other Superconductors

    Peter B. Littlewood

    D1 Unconventional Superconductivity in Heavy Fermion and Ruthenate Materials

    Stephen R. Julian

    D2 Organic Superconductors

    Gunzi Saito and Yukihiro Yoshida

    D3 Fullerene Superconductors

    Yoshihiro Iwasa and Kosmas Prassides

    D4 Future High-Tc Superconductors

    Ching-Wu Chu, Liangzi Deng, and Bing Lv

    D5 Fe-Based Chalcogenide Superconductors

    Ming-Jye Wang, Phillip M. Wu, and Maw-Kuen Wu

    D6 Interface Superconductivity

    Jörg Schmalian

    D7 Topological Superconductivity

    Panagiotis Kotetes




    David A. Cardwell, David C. Larbalestier, Aleksander Braginski