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Studies of High-Temperature Superconductors, vols. 1-3.

Studies of High-Temperature Superconductors. Volume 1, 2 and 3. Edited by Anant Narlikar (NOVA Science Publishers, Inc., 283 Commack Road, Suite 300, Commack, NY 11725) 1989. Each volume approx. 380 pp., US$74.

The books are the first three volumes of a planned international series of in depth research studies devoted exclusively to high temperature superconductivity. The topics covered are many, ranging from theoretical attempts to describe the superconductivity in terms of modified BCS-type theories or polaron-type interactions to attempts to make devices like superconducting transistors. Each volume contains a few articles about preparative methods, and a majority of papers on physical properties, both of single crystals, of polycrystalline ceramics and of thin films, and the relation of these properties to structure and to the preparation conditions. Most articles are more detailed than the typical research paper published in the typical research journal; some are minireviews, both in length and in depth of the topics covered.

These volumes will be useful to chemists and physicists active in the field of research. The articles are quite up-to-date, covering the literature until late 1988, and are in general of good quality. Nearly all the authors are active in the field, and many include in their report some original results of their recent research efforts. From these volumes the reader may obtain, in a painless way, a quick and fairly competent review of the state of research in a particular subfield of high-Tc research, and be directed to the most important original research papers. In the rapidly expanding field of high-Tc oxide research these books will retain their usefulness for a few years: their price, by modern standards, is quite modest.
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Author:Koffyberg, F.P.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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