Limitations on the ginzburg criterion for dirty superconductors

A. Aharony*, O. Entin-Wohlman, H. Bary-Soroker, Y. Imry

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The contributions of superconducting fluctuations to the specific heat of dirty superconductors are calculated, including quantum and classical corrections to the 'usual' leading Gaussian divergence. These additional terms modify the Ginzburg criterion, which is based on equating these fluctuation-generated contributions to the mean-field discontinuity in the specific heat, and set limits on its applicability for materials with a low transition temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalLithuanian Journal of Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dirty superconductors
  • Ginzburg criterion
  • Specific heat
  • Superconducting fluctuations


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