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Superconductivity Revisited

1st Edition

By Ralph Dougherty, J. Daniel Kimel

CRC Press

192 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781439874264
pub: 2012-11-26

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While the macroscopic phenomenon of superconductivity is well known and in practical use worldwide, the current theoretical paradigm for superconductivity suffers from a number of limitations. For example, there is no currently accepted theoretical explanation for the pattern of superconductor critical temperatures in the periodic table. Historical developments in condensed matter were strongly focused on the similarities of all metals and the electron gas model, with little attention paid to their real differences. Accessible by a wide audience, Superconductivity Revisited explores the work of those who investigated the differences, and laid the foundation for all current and future work.

Topics Include

  • Pattern of Elemental Superconductors in the Periodic Table
  • High-Temperature Superconductors
  • Electron Spin in Superconductors
  • Heat Capacity and Magnetic Susceptibility in Superconductors
  • Quantum Foundations of Molecular Electricity and Magnetism
  • Metals and Insulators
  • Electron Transport in Metals
  • Magnetoresistance
  • Quantum Hall Effect
  • Type I and Type II Superconductivity

Superconductivity Revisited starts from the foundations and shows that the current theory of the subject cannot explain the pattern of superconductors in the periodic table, as the theory depends on a theory of resistivity not congruent with the Sommerfeld equation. Partial wave scattering is introduced as a route to deal with these issues. The book develops a theory of superconductivity that includes the periodic table. The new, coherent, understandable theory of superconductivity is directly based on thermodynamics, scattering theory, and molecular quantum mechanics.

Table of Contents


Five Unresolved Problems in Superconductivity

Pattern of Elemental Superconductors in the Periodic Table

Chemical Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Periodic Table Quantum Structure

Metals and Insulators

Introduction to Bonding in Metals and Nonmetals

Pressure Effects on Superconductivity

High-Temperature Superconductors, Tc > 77 K

d-Wave Symmetry for HTc Superconductors

Electron Spin in Superconductors

Unpaired Electron Spin and Superconductors

Low-Temperature Limit of Knight Shift

Experimentally Verified Electron Spin in a Superconductor

Heat Capacity and Magnetic Susceptibility in Superconductors

Heat Capacity

Magnetic Susceptibility of Superconductors

Quantum Foundations of Molecular Electricity and Magnetism

The Sommerfeld Relationship

Wiedemann–Franz Law

Origins of Resistivity in Metals

Quantum Mechanics and Thermal Conductance

Metals and Insulators

Factors in Forming Metals or Insulators

Bonding in Small Clusters of Alkali Metals

Bonding Models for Insulators

Toward a Qualitative Model for Bonding in Metals

Mott Transitions in Metallic Systems

Electron Transport in Metals

Band Theory in Normal Coordinates


Electron Phonon Scattering

Electron Cyclotron Resonance in Metals


Hall Effect

Hall Coefficient

Angular Anisotropy of Magnetoresistance

Conduction Band Shifts with External Magnetic Fields

Meissner–Ochsenfeld Effect

Heat Capacity at Tc

de Haas van Alphen Effect

Quantum Hall Effect

Landau Levels

Low and Zero Electron Scattering in the Quantum Hall Regime

Quantum Hall Observation

Phase Transition Quanta in the Quantum Hall Regime

Type I Superconductivity

Experimental Type I Superconductivity

The Mott Transition, Electron Pair Bonds, and Superconductivity

Experimental Approaches to Spin Pairing and Superconductivity

Thermodynamic/Electronic Contributions to the

Superconductor Energy Gap

Empirical/Theoretical Requirements for Superconductivity

Periodic Table of One-Bar Superconductors: Does It Fit These Requirements for Superconductivity?

Estimating the Order of Tcfor Elemental Superconductors

Type II Superconductivity

Isotope Effects in Superconductors

Vortex Lattices


What About the Five Unresolved Problems in Superconductivity?

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics