A pair of weakly bound electrons in a superconductor. Cooper pairs have the property of bosons and can thus reside together in a ground state. They are named after their discoverer, American physicist Leon N. Cooper (born 1930).
A pair of electrons in a superconducting material that are weakly attracted and bound to each other by their interactions with the lattice, despite their electrostatic repulsion.
Origin of cooper-pair
- After Leon Cooper
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- for Leon Neil Cooper, American physicist