Physics 421
Introduction to Superconductivity
Fall 2018
J. A. Sauls

Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 am -12:20 pm
Where: Room: LG62 Tech Institute

This course is an introduction to the phenomena of superconductivity, superconducting materials and their many applications in basic science and technology. This is a lecture-based course combined with experimental demonstrations on the basic theory and phenomenology of superconductivity and its applications. Fundamentals include the electrical and magnetic properties of superconductors, London’s theory of the electromagnetic response of superconductors, Landau and Ginzburg’s theory for the thermodynamics and magnetic properties of type I and type II superconductors, the origin of quantized magnetic flux, the Josephson effect, and the operation of Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) for high-precision magnetometry. Applications are wide ranging, from superconducting quantum electronics to superconducting radio-frequency cavities for particle accelerators. Undergraduate-level knowledge of thermodynamics, and an undergraduate-level course on quantum mechanics will be assumed. There are no graduate-level prerequisites. In particular, this course does not require graduate-level quantum mechanics, solid-state physics or graduate-level statistical mechanics.


Course Material: Lecture Notes provided by the instructors

Superfluidity and Superconductivity by D. R. Tilley & J. Tilley, 3rd Ed (2003), IOP Publishing, London.
Introduction to Superconductivity by M. Tinkham, McGraw-Hill Publisher, 1st Ed (1975).
Macroscopic Theory of Superconductivity by Fritz London, Dover 2nd Ed (1960).

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On September 6, 2018.