On the dynamics of the Meissner effect

  title={On the dynamics of the Meissner effect},
  author={Jorge E. Hirsch},
  journal={arXiv: Superconductivity},
  • J. Hirsch
  • Published 13 August 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Superconductivity
The question of how a metal becoming superconducting expels a magnetic field is addressed. It is argued that the conventional theory of superconductivity has not answered this question despite its obvious importance. We argue that the growth of the superconducting into the normal region and associated expulsion of magnetic field from the superconducting region can only be understood if it is accompanied by motion of charge from the superconducting into the normal region. From a microscopic… 
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