Failed Theories of Superconductivity

TitleFailed Theories of Superconductivity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSchmalian J
Journal TitleModern Physics Letters B
Volume24
Pages2679-2691
Date Published10/30
ISBN Number0217-9849
Accession NumberISI:000282441900001
Keywordsbcs theory, electron theory, history of physics, metals, superconductivity, systems
Abstract

Almost half a century passed between the discovery of superconductivity by Kamerlingh Onnes and the theoretical explanation of the phenomenon by Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer. During the intervening years the brightest minds in theoretical physics tried and failed to develop a microscopic understanding of the effect. A summary of some of those unsuccessful attempts to understand superconductivity not only demonstrates the extraordinary achievement made by formulating the BCS theory, but also illustrates that mistakes are a natural and healthy part of scientific discourse, and that inapplicable, even incorrect theories can turn out to be interesting and inspiring.

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DOI10.1142/S0217984910025280
Alternate JournalMod Phys Lett B