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Superconductivity of metals and alloys.
Gennes, Pierre-Gilles de.
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Oxford : Perseus, 1999.
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xiv, 274 pages ; 24 cm
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Drawn from the author's introductory course at the University of Orsay, Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys is intended to explain the basic knowledge of superconductivity for both experimentalists and theoreticians. These notes begin with an elementary discussion of magnetic properties of Type I and Type II superconductors. The microscopic theory is then built up in the Bogolubov language of self-consistent fields. This text provides the classic, fundamental basis for any work in the field of superconductivity.

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P. G. de Gennes is Professor of Physics at the College de France

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Fundamental Propertiesp. 1
1.1 A New Condensed Statep. 1
1.2 Diamagnetismp. 3
1.3 Absence of Low Energy Excitationsp. 7
1.4 Two Kinds of Superconductorsp. 12
Chapter 2 Magnetic Properties of First Kind Superconductorsp. 14
2.1 Critical Field of a Long Cylinderp. 14
2.2 Penetration Depthsp. 19
2.3 Magnetic Properties of a Sample of Arbitrary Shape: Intermediate Statep. 26
Chapter 3 Magnetic Properties of Second Kind Superconductorsp. 48
3.1 Magnetization Curves of a Long Cylinderp. 48
3.2 Vortex State: Microscopic Descriptionp. 55
3.3 Nonequilibrium Propertiesp. 82
Chapter 4 Description of the Condensed Statep. 93
4.1 Instability of the Normal State in the Presence of an Attractive Interactionp. 93
4.2 Origin of the Attractive Interactionp. 96
4.3 Ground State and Elementary Excitationsp. 105
4.4 Calculations at Finite Temperaturep. 121
Chapter 5 The Self-Consistent Field Methodp. 137
5.1 The Bogolubov Equationsp. 137
5.2 Theorems on the Pair Potential and the Excitation Spectrump. 145
5.3 The Meissner Effect in Metals and Alloysp. 160
Chapter 6 Phenomenological Landau-Ginsburg Equationsp. 171
6.1 Introductionp. 171
6.2 Construction of the Free Energyp. 172
6.3 Equilibrium Equationsp. 176
6.4 The Two Characteristic Lengthsp. 177
6.5 Situations where /[psi]/ is Constantp. 182
6.6 Situations where /[psi]/ Varies Spatiallyp. 195
6.7 Structure of the Vortex Phase in Strong Fields (H[similar]H[subscript c2])p. 201
Chapter 7 Microscopic Analysis of the Landau-Ginsburg Equationsp. 210
7.1 Linearized Self-Consistency Equationp. 210
7.2 Landau-Ginsburg Equationsp. 220
7.3 Surface Problems in the Landau-Ginsburg Regionp. 227
Chapter 8 Effects of Strong Magnetic Fields and of Magnetic Impuritiesp. 247
8.1 Relation between Transition Temperature and Time-Reversal Propertiesp. 249
8.2 Ergodic versus Nonergodic Behavior-- Gapless Superconductivityp. 255
8.3 Dirty Superconductors in High Magnetic Fieldsp. 267
Indexp. 273