Hole Superconductivity xOr Hot Hydride Superconductivity

J. Appl. Phys. 130, 181102 (2021) ; Accepted Manuscript (pdf)
On hold at arXiv:submit/3979492 [cond-mat.supr-con] 15 Oct 2021. To see the paper, write to moderation@arxiv.org and ask them to release the hold.

Under the spell of BCS-electron-phonon theory [1], during the last 6 years experimentalists have purportedly discovered a plethora of high temperature conventional superconductors among pressurized hydrides [2,3], and theorists have been busy predicting and explaining those findings [4,5,6]. The alternative theory of hole superconductivity [7] predicts instead that no superconductivity can exist in these materials. In this Tutorial I will first argue that, unclouded by the prejudice of BCS's validity, the existing experimental evidence for superconductivity in pressurized hydrides does not withstand scrutiny. Once it is established that superconductivity in pressurized hydrides is a myth and not a reality, the claim to validity of BCS-electron-phonon theory as a descriptor of superconductivity of real materials will be forever shattered, and an alternative theory will become imperative. I will explain the fundamentals of the theory of hole superconductivity, developed over the past 32 years [7,8], and why it is compelling. Crucially, it explains the Meissner effect, that I argue the conventional theory does not. It applies to all superconducting materials and provides guidelines in the search for high temperature superconductors that are very different from those provided by BCS-electron-phonon theory. Light elements are predicted to be irrelevant to warm superconductivity, because according to this theory the electron-phonon interaction plays no role in superconductivity.