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Title: Cooper Pairs in Insulators?!

Nearly 50 years elapsed between the discovery of superconductivity and the emergence of the microscopic theory describing this zero resistance state. The explanation required a novel phase of matter more »in which conduction electrons joined in weakly bound pairs and condensed with other pairs into a single quantum state. Surprisingly, this Cooper pair formation has also been invoked to account for recently uncovered high-resistance or insulating phases of matter. To address this possibility, we have used nanotechnology to create an insulating system that we can probe directly for Cooper pairs. I will present the evidence that Cooper pairs exist and dominate the electrical transport in these insulators and I will discuss how these findings provide new insight into superconductor to insulator quantum phase transitions. « less
Title: Cooper Pairs in Insulators?!
Publication Date: 2008-07-23
OSTI Identifier: 987319
Other Number(s): Other: Cooper Pairs in Insulators !
Resource Type: Multimedia
Specific Type: Multimedia Presentation
Publisher: Fermilab Colloquia Online: 2000 to the Present Videos of Science Lecture and Presentations from the Colloquium Program at Fermi National Laboratory
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:58:00
System Entry Date: 2016-01-28