Are superconductors really superconducting?

David A. Huse, Matthew P.A. Fisher, Daniel S. Fisher

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The most striking difference between the behaviour of the copper oxide high-temperature superconductors and previous low-temperature type II superconductors is the much more gradual decrease in electrical resistance with temperature in the latter, in the presence of a magnetic field. This raises the question of whether a type II superconductor has strictly zero resistivity, when cooled in a magnetic field. Theoretical and experimental evidence now suggests that as the temperature is lowered, there is a sharp phase transition to a truly superconducting, impurity-dominated phase containing a disordered, frozen arrangement of magnetic flux vortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
Issue number6387
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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    Huse, D. A., Fisher, M. P. A., & Fisher, D. S. (1992). Are superconductors really superconducting? Nature, 358(6387), 553-559.