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What are the current contenders/most promising approaches to High Tc Superconductivity?

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I want to know what kinds of things theorists are currently looking at. Specifically, I want to know more about the promise that field-theoretic methods are showing. I am studying superconductivity at an advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate level. Links to review papers/papers appreciated. Thanks.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-17 22:43 (UCT), posted by SE-user user19095
asked Jun 17, 2014 in Resources and References by user19095 (0 points) [ no revision ]
There is one theory called "Hole Superconductivity" that explains High $T_c$ Superconductivity (One more link: Click Here)

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-17 22:43 (UCT), posted by SE-user Gigi Butbaia

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First note that High $T_C$ superconductivity may not have a general mechanism that works for all material, in opposition to the case of regular superconductivity and BCS theory. I mention this because there is an historical interplay between superconductivity and magnetism in the matter, as in Meissner effect.

Currently there are (roughly) two families of high $T_C$ superconductors, the cuprate family and the iron pnictides, which are material with different magnetic properties. Therefore the most promising approach might depend on the material in question.

For the better studied case of the cuprates I would recommend this lectures from Tremblay. Not a review paper, so not really addressing what is on the edge, but very pedagogical introduction to the subject, noting what ideas seem relevant

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-17 22:43 (UCT), posted by SE-user cesaruliana
answered Jun 17, 2014 by cesaruliana (215 points) [ no revision ]

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