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Meissner effect, diamagnetism, and classical physics-a review
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
2012 (English)In: American Journal of Physics, ISSN 0002-9505, E-ISSN 0002-9595, Vol. 80, no 2, 164-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We review the literature on what classical physics says about the Meissner effect and the London equations. We discuss the relevance of the Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem for the perfect diamagnetism of superconductors and conclude that the theorem is based on invalid assumptions. We also point out results in the literature that show how magnetic flux expulsion from a sample cooled to superconductivity can be understood as an approach to the magnetostatic energy minimum. These results have been published several times but many textbooks on magnetism still claim that there is no classical diamagnetism, and virtually all books on superconductivity repeat Meissner's 1933 statement that flux expulsion has no classical explanation.

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2012. Vol. 80, no 2, 164-169 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-91125DOI: 10.1119/1.3662027ISI: 000299386200009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84856201536OAI: diva2:508732
QC 20120309Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2012-03-08 Last updated: 2012-03-09Bibliographically approved

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