Course Syllabus for

Theory of Superconductivity

FAF025F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2019
Decided by: Anders Gustafsson (ftf-agu), FUN2
Date of establishment: 2019-09-12

General Information

Division: Solid State Physics
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The purpose of the course is to make the students familiar with the basic theoretical concepts of superconductivity. They should also be able to use analytical and numerical methods to study basic phenomena in superconductivity based on the London equations, Ginzburg-Landau theory, and BCS theory. The course also gives some basic knowledge of some applications of superconductivity.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The foundations of theoretical descriptions of the superconducting phase and its properties. The London equations and type I and type II superconductors, vortices. Ginzburg-Landau theory as a more sophisticated version of the London equations. Microscopic theory of superconductivity as given by the BCS theory, superconducting gap, elementary excitations and transport in weak superconducting links (Josephson junctions) and in superconducting junctions coupled to normal metals. Some basic applications within superconducting circuits and superconducting qubits.

Course Literature

Annett, James F.: Superconductivity, Superfluids and Condensates. Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 9780198507567.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, project, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants. For a passing grade, the students should: - Attend most lectures. - Complete 3 sets of homework problems (can be done in pairs). - Do a project related to the course, which is then presented in a lecture-style presentation. Can be done in pairs.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Course grades showing that the student can be expected to have the assumed prior knowledge (see below).
Assumed prior knowledge: Most importantly knowledge of quantum mechanics including the concept of second quantization. In addition, students should have taken at least a basic course in each of the following areas: statistical physics and thermodynamics, electromagnetism and solid state physics.
Selection criteria: Evidence of required prior knowledge (course grades). There is no limitation to the number of participants.

Further Information

The intention is to give this course every second year, probably always during the full autumn semester. However, the course will only be given if there is a sufficient number of interested students (at least 6-7 students).

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