Langenberg, Donald N. University System of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
Soulen, Robert J., Jr. Formerly, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
Osofsky, Michael S. U.S. Naval Research Observatory, Washington, DC.
Sutto, Thomas E. U.S. Naval Research Observatory, Washington, DC.
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- Theoretical understanding
- Transition temperatures
- Basic experimental properties
- Occurrence of superconductivity
- Other novel superconductors
- Electrical resistance
- Magnetic properties
- Thermal properties
- High-frequency electromagnetic properties
- Isotope effect
- Two-fluid model
- Nonlocal theory
- Ginzburg-Landau theory
- Microscopic (BCS) theory of low-temperature superconductors
- Further experimental properties
- Flux quantization
- Quasiparticle tunneling
- Pair tunneling
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A phenomenon occurring in many electrical conductors, in which the electrons responsible for conduction undergo a collective transition into an ordered state with many unique and remarkable properties. These properties include the vanishing of resistance to the flow of electric current, the appearance of a large diamagnetism and other unusual magnetic effects, substantial alteration of many thermal properties, and the occurrence of quantum effects otherwise observable only at the atomic and subatomic levels (Fig. 1).
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