Theory of Fluctuations in Superconductors

Paperback | August 2, 2009

byAnatoly Larkin, Andrei Varlamov

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This book presents a complete encyclopaedia of superconducting fluctuations, summarising the last thirty-five years of work in the field. The first part of the book is devoted to an extended discussion of the Ginzburg-Landau phenomenology of fluctuations in its thermodynamical andtime-dependent versions and its various applications. The second part deals with microscopic justification of the Ginzburg-Landau approach and presents the diagrammatic theory of fluctuations. The third part is devoted to a less-detailed review of the manifestation of fluctuations in observables:diamagnetism, magnetoconductivity, various tunneling characteristics, thermoelectricity, and NMR relaxation. The final chapters turn to the manifestation of fluctuations in unconventional superconducting systems: nanodrops, nanorings, Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless state, quantum phase transitionbetween superconductor and insulator, and thermal and quantum fluctuations in weak superconducting systems. The book ends with a brief discussion on theories of high temperature superconductivity, where fluctuations appear as the possible protagonist of this exciting phenomenon.

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This book presents a complete encyclopaedia of superconducting fluctuations, summarising the last thirty-five years of work in the field. The first part of the book is devoted to an extended discussion of the Ginzburg-Landau phenomenology of fluctuations in its thermodynamical andtime-dependent versions and its various applications. Th...

The late Anatoly Larkin was William I. Fine and Bianca Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Minnesota, USA as well as a principal reserarcher at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Russia. Andrei Varlamov is a principal researcher at COHERENTIA-INFM in Rome, Italy.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199564833

ISBN - 13:9780199564835

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Table of Contents

Phenomenology of fluctuations: Ginzburg-Landau formalism1. Introduction2. Fluctuation thermodynamics3. Fluctuation transport4. Fluctuations in vortex structuresBasic notions of the microscopic theory5. Microscopic derivation of the TDGL equation6. Microscopic derivation of the Ginzburg Landau functional7. Microscopic theory of fluctuation conductivityManifestation of fluctuations in observables8. Fluctuations in magnetic field9. Density of states and tunneling10. Effect of fluctuations on thermoelectricity and heat transport11. Spin susceptibility and NMRFluctuations in nanostructures and unconventional superconducting systems12. Fluctuations in nanograins, nanodrops and granular superconductors13. Fluctuations in Josephson junctions14. Phase slip events15. Phase fluctuations in two-dimensional superconducting systems16. Fluctuations near superconductor-insulator transition17. Role of fluctuations in high-temperature superconductivity18. Appendices19. Glossary

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"Theory of Fluctuations in Superconductors is a thorough and timely book aimed at both theorists and experimentalists interested in current topics in superconductivity. The book will be a useful guide and reference for graduate students and established workers in the field." --James F. Annett, Physics Today