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Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen J. Blundell

28 May 2009

ISBN: 9780199540907

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Superconductivity is one of the most exciting areas of research in physics today. Outlining the history of its discovery, and the race to understand its many mysterious phenomena, this Very Short Introduction also explores the deep implications of the theory, and its potential to revolutionize the physics and technology of the future.

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Superconductivity is one of the most exciting areas of research in physics today. Outlining the history of its discovery, and the race to understand its many mysterious phenomena, this Very Short Introduction also explores the deep implications of the theory, and its potential to revolutionize the physics and technology of the future.

  • Superconductivity was one of the greatest discoveries of 20th century physics, and the theory that emerged one of the most beautiful and extraordinary achievements in theoretical physics
  • Explains the many strange phenomena observed in superconducting materials
  • Explores the deep implications of superconductivity theory, and its potential to revolutionize the physics and technology of the future
  • Examines the very latest developments in high-temperature superconductivity, and the various and conflicting efforts to understand the phenomenon

About the Author(s)

Stephen J. Blundell, Professor of Physics, Oxford University Department of Physics and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    1:What is superconductivity?
    2:The quest for low temperatures
    3:The discovery of superconductivity
    4:Expulsion
    5:Pairing up
    6:Symmetry
    7:Before the breakthrough
    8:High-temperature superconductivity
    9:The making of the new superconductors
    10:What have superconductors ever done for us?
    Dramatis personae
    Further Reading
    Index

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