J. Robert Schrieffer and the BCS Theory of Superconductivity
Robert Schrieffer received his BS from M.I.T. in 1953 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1957. Upon entering the University of Illinois, "he immediately began research with Professor John Bardeen. After working out a problem dealing with electrical conduction on semiconductor surfaces, Schrieffer spent a year in the laboratory, applying the theory to several surface problems. In the third year of graduate studies, he joined Bardeen and [Leon] Cooper in developing the theory of superconductivity, which constituted his doctoral dissertation."1 Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer were awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their jointly developed theory of superconductivity, usually called the BCS-theory".
"Schrieffer … was a university eminent scholar professor at Florida State University and a chief scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory before his retirement in 2006. His recent work has focused on magnetism in condensed matter and high temperature superconductivity."2
Additional information about John Robert Schrieffer and his research is available in full-text and on the Web.
Theory of Superconductivity; Physical Review, Vol. 108, Issue 5: 1175-1204, December 1, 1957
Pseudogaps and the Spin-bag Approach to High-Tc Superconductivity; Physical Review B, Vol. 41, Issue 10: 6399-6408, April 1, 1990
Theoretical Studies of Magnetic Systems. Final Report, August 1, 1994 – November 30, 1997, DOE Technical Report, 1997
Inhomogeneous States of Nonequilibrium Superconductors: Quasiparticle Bags and Antiphase Domain Walls; Physical Review B, Vol. 57, Issue 22: 14433-14439, June 1, 1998