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Introduction to Superconductivity (International series in pure and applied physics)
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Tinkham's basic theoretical development is clear and comprehensive, and the accompanying discussion is actually helpful. You can learn how to really extract information from a theory if you pay attention to how Tinkham works the BCS theory in chapter 3. There's a good reason this book is a classic. After just reading chapter 3 I was able to understand essentially everything I need to have an intelligent conversation with others in my research group.
I recommend this book along with Van Duzer's "Superconducting Devices and Circuit." While Tinkham is presumably a book on basic theory, and Van Duzer is presumably a book for applications, both books provide brilliant gems of insight in each other's domain. They make a great pair.
Prerequisits: Second quantization, basic solid state, and basic E&M. In short, a first year grad student's education is more than enough.
Having only read through the first three chapters so far, I give that caveat before continuing.
The first chapter, the author says upfront, is difficult to follow, as it gives a quick outline of every future chapter in the book. I would recommend skimming the first chapter, and then after reading each chapter go back and see if you got the key points illustrated in the first chapter.
The second chapter, a treatment of the London equations, does an excellent job deriving the London equations in the first section, then providing a great deal of application of the equations, as well as outlining the limits of that model of superconductors.
Chapter 3 is where the book gets down to business, as Tinkham gives an introduction to BCS theory. This treatment uses plausibility arguements to justify many of the conclusions or assumptions, but also provides some guidance to the mathematical rigor you might use to really prove the assertions you make. The chapter does not leave you feeling very confused at all, and the section can be read almost straight through.
Although I have not read any further into the book, I can only imagine that it is more of the same. I would strongly recommend this book to anybody interested in learning something about superconductors before trying something more rigorous, such as Schrieffer's classic text on the work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to learn basic superconductivity. Every thing basically you should know is compacted in the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Asanka Amarasinghe
I was introduced to this book (1st edition) while in grad school (research in SC) and, in my collection of books related to this field, Tinkham's is all the way to the top. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Gabe
Michael Tinkham was a great developer of the field and made a fine book for students to have (in my opinion)a second approach to the subject.Published on May 9, 2012 by Tiago Saraiva
I have one in my lab, this is for my home. it is a must have.Published on February 19, 2009 by yy2kk