The course emphasizes the phenomenological description of superconductivity and superconducting systems. By using its quantum nature and the Ginzburg-Landau description, basic parameters and characteristic lengths such as the electronic coherence length, the magnetic penetration depth, and the distinction between Type-I and Type-II superconductors are introduced. These concepts are then used to discuss the Josephson junction and the Superconducting Quantum Interferometer Device (SQUID, in day-to-day language).
Lectures and literature discussion
‘Superconductivity, superfluids and condensates’, auteur James F. Annett, Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics, Oxford University presss, ISBN 978-0-19-850756-7 (Pbk)
Form of examination
Elementary solid state physics