Hi guys I hope you can help. The other day I tried to explain to someone the mechanism behind 'stripes' in lightly doped cuprates that gives rise to the Mott insulator/ anti-ferromagnetic stuff. It quickly became clear that my understanding of super-conductivity differs considerably from the orthodox. I hope this forum will be kind enough to explain my heresies to me. While a Cooper Pair exists, do the electrons that formed it (and that it will decay into) cease to exist? I say: Yes, the CPB is a single entity and thus has its own bosonic wave-function, which may be described as a Bose-Einstein condensate of two electrons. So the constituent electrons are no longer independent wave-functions, and hence cease to exist. The CPB pays no attention to Pauli and hence may take any energy 'in' the local density of states, including ones forbidden to electrons. Plausible?