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Carbon-based Superconductors : Towards High-Tc Superconductivity, Hardback Book

Carbon-based Superconductors : Towards High-Tc Superconductivity Hardback

Edited by Junji (Aoyama Gakuin University, Kanagawa, Japan) Haruyama


Superconductors (SCs) are attractive materials in all respects for any community.

They provide a deep insight into the physical properties of the condensed matters and also have useful applications as ultra-low-power-dissipation systems that can help resolve the present energy problems.

In particular, the recent advancement of carbon-based new superconductors (CNSCs) is significant.

Before 2004, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of carbon-based SCs was below 1 K, except in fullerene clusters.

However, in 2004, a Russian group discovered that diamond highly doped with boron could be an SC at Tc = 4 K.

The following year, a group from Cambridge found that calcium-intercalated graphite could be an SC with Tc = 11.5 K.

In 2006 and 2008, the editor's group from Japan also discovered that carbon nanotubes could be SCs at Tc = 12 K.

Since then, research on CNSCs has increased notably. A small mass of carbon can produce high phonon frequency and high Debye temperature.

Combining these with other specified properties of CNSCs (such as one-dimensional electronic states) is highly expected to open doors to high-Tc superconductivity like those of CuO2- and Fe-based SCs, which were the only SCs to show Tc > 40 K in the past.

CNSCs, such as diamond, graphite, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, and others, are a very attractive field of research, and this book is the first to describe their basic physics and the recent advances toward high Tc in this field.




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