Carbon-based Superconductors: Towards High-Tc by Junji Haruyama

By Junji Haruyama

Superconductors (SCs) are appealing fabrics in all respects for any group. they supply a deep perception into the actual homes of the condensed concerns and now have important purposes as ultra-low-power-dissipation structures that could aid unravel the current power difficulties. specifically, the hot development of carbon-based new superconductors (CNSCs) is critical. sooner than 2004, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of carbon-based SCs was once lower than 1 okay, other than in fullerene clusters. even if, in 2004, a Russian crew came across that diamond hugely doped with boron may be an SC at Tc = four okay. the subsequent 12 months, a gaggle from Cambridge came upon that calcium-intercalated graphite may be an SC with Tc = 11.5 okay. In 2006 and 2008, the editor’s crew from Japan additionally came across that carbon nanotubes should be SCs at Tc = 12 okay. due to the fact then, study on CNSCs has elevated notably.

A small mass of carbon can produce excessive phonon frequency and excessive Debye temperature. Combining those with different distinctive houses of CNSCs (such as one-dimensional digital states) is extremely anticipated to open doorways to high-Tc superconductivity like these of CuO2- and Fe-based SCs, which have been the one SCs to teach Tc > forty okay some time past. CNSCs, similar to diamond, graphite, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, and others, are a truly beautiful box of analysis, and this booklet is the 1st to explain their easy physics and the new advances towards excessive Tc during this field.

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The electrons and holes are phase coherent and can be thought of as Cooper pairs extending in the normal metal. Due to momentum conservation, the reflected holes are bound to trace the same trajectory of the incident electron (retroreflection). The current of retroreflected holes increases the conductance GS up to a factor of two when compared to the conductance of the normal state GN (the conductance measured through the same interface when the superconducting material is in the normal state).

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