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Physics/Superconductivity as it relates to BECs


Both superconductivity and Bose Einstein Condensates rely upon cooper pairs for their effects. My question is, are superconductivity and BECs necessarily intertwined? What I mean is, where there is superconductivity, will their always be the BEC effect as well? (even if we attain superconductivity at ever more higher temperatures?)

Not really, Cooper pairs are only for spin 1/2 particles like electrons.  Gases can have integer spin and not just half-integer spin.  Take 40Ca, for example.  Zero spin.  The effects are subtly different and not co-located of necessity.  Are they similar?  Very, they all involve Bosons being able to go into the ground state because of their integer spin.  Cooper pairs are necessary for things like Electrons.  BEC happens at radically different temperatures than simple superconductivity due to their different masses and the nature of their wavelengths.


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