Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing, 1923. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF THE JOSEPHSON EFFECT, AN IMPORTANT EXAMPLE OF A MACROSCOPIC QUANTUM PHENOMENON & THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING PREDICTION OF THE PROPERTIES OF A SUPERCURRENT THROUGH A TUNNEL BARRIER. Josephson’s paper predicts the mathematical relationships that govern the current and voltage across the weak link.
Brian David Josephson (1940- ) is a Welsh theoretical physicist who received the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for this work. The prize was divided between one half going jointly to Leo Esaki and Ivar Glaever "for their experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in semiconductors and superconductors, respectively" and the other half to Brian Josephson "for his theoretical predictions of the properties of a supercurrent through a tunnel barrier, in particular those phenomena which are generally known as the Josephson effects."
One result of matter being described as both waves and particles in quantum physics is “the tunneling phenomenon, which means that particles can pass through barriers that they should not be able to squeeze through according to classic physics. In 1962 [and in this paper] Josephson predicted unexpected results with superconductors, material that at low temperatures lacks electrical resistance. Without superimposed voltage, a current can result between two superconductors that are separated by a thin insulator. If a rectified voltage is added, on the other hand, an alternating current can result” (Nobel Prize Portal). Item #750
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