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 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 and counter-intuitive phenomena, this Very Short Introduction explains in accessible terms the theories that have been developed, and how they have influenced other areas of science, including the Higgs boson of particle physics and ideas about the early Universe. It is an engaging and informative account of a fascinating scientific detective story, and an intelligible insight into some deep and beautiful ideas of physics.
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