Eliashberg theory of superconductivity from electronic collective excitations
Date/Time: 18:30 26-Aug-2021
The Eliashberg equation for the anomalous self-energy of the superconducting state is a powerful tool for the study of superconductivity by both conventional (electron-phonon) and unconventional (purely electronic) mechanisms. In the latter case, however, Migdal's theorem on the unimportance of vertex correction fails and care must be exerted in constructing the effective electron-electron interaction. In this talk I review theoretical studies of purely electronic superconductivity which I have been involved with over the years in systems as diverse as the electron hole liquid , the two-dimensional electron gas , and twisted bilayer graphene . Vertex corrections (included approximately in the form of local field factors) drive superconductivity in the first case, suppress it in the second, and have not yet been evaluated in the third.
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