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Theory of Superconductivity (Frontiers in Physics) [Paperback]

J. R. Schrieffer , Robert Schrieffer
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March 1988 0805385010 978-0805385014
Theory of Superconductivity is considered one of the best treatment of the field. This monograph, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist J. Robert Schrieffer, has been reprinted because of its enduring value as an introduction to the theory of superconductivity. The fundamentals of the theory of superconductivity are stresses as a means of providing the reader with a framework for the literature in which detailed applications of the microscopic theory are made to specific problems. It also serves as a foundation for the more recent development in this active field.
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J. Robert Schrieffer received his B.S. from MIT. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, where he along with Professors John Bardeen and Leon Cooper developed the theory of superconductivity. He continued his work as a fellow at the University of Birmingham and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Following work at the Universities of Chicago and Illinois, Schrieffer won the Nobel Prize, in 1972, for his work in superconductivity, sharing the honor with Bardeen and Cooper. He was a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is now at the University of Florida, Tallahassee.
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  • Series: Frontiers in Physics
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company (March 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805385010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805385014
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,956,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ulfilas
John Schieffer's book was written for solid state physicists with more than just a casual interest in superconductivity. The discussion of Cooper pairs, the foundation for BCS theory, though not difficult to read, is easier to understand after going through Gordon Baym's discussion of this topic in Lectures On Quantum Mechanics (Lecture Notes and Supplements in Physics). Much of this book is at a much higher level and only understandable to those with a solid grounding in quantum field theory.

Although somewhat cryptic in places, many important details are included in this book--especially those that relate to BCS theory. I found a useful nugget of information in a reference to P.W. Anderson's concept of pseudo-spin in superconductivity. The commutation relations for pseudo-spin are given on p.38, equations 2-21a, b, and c. Schrieffer's reference #47 (p.270) directs the reader to Anderson's papers that address this topic [Phys. Rev. 110,827(1958); 112,1900,(1958)] and give explicit expressions for the equivalent Pauli spin operators. Also of special interest are the Feynman diagram and accompanying Green's function for the electron-phonon interaction (pp.126-136).

It is certainly valuable to have this record of Schrieffer's thoughts. I once had the opportunity to hear Schrieffer give an invited talk at a conference. He began with an amusing story of his early days as a graduate student at University of Illinois. One of his first tasks was to evaporate a film in a bell jar. Somehow this operation resulted in a small conflagration that burned off the hair on Schrieffer's eyebrows and forehead. After his Ph.D.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERCONDUCTIVITY. March 25, 2014
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An excellent Physics book written in 1964 by one of the Nobel Laureate originators of the BCS theory, but by now out of date history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good June 13, 2008
Although the material in the book is a little bit old, I still think it's a good text book if you are the beginner in learning superconductivity. Pretty awesome!!
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