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Field theoretical description of the superconducting state Pugh, Robert Edward


The superconducting state is described in terms of the electronic plasma in interaction with the electromagnetic potentials. The interaction of the plasma with itself and with the latice, is represented by a potential energy determined such that the equations of motion are self-consistent. The resulting non-linear field equations are solved in the linear approximation. There exist four independent modes of vibration of the field variables corresponding to the plasma oscillations, and one longitudinal and two transverse oscillations of the electromagnetic potentials. The contribution of these modes to the specific heat is discussed.

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