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.
Last reviewed:March 2018
Show previous versions
- 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
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
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).
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information