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Admission requirements

Quantum Theory a; Statistical Physics a, Condensed matter physics or equivalent


The course gives an overview of the physics of superconductivity and superconducting systems, focusing on Ginzburg-Landau and Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory. Important concepts are the coherence length, the magnetic penetration depth, the distinctions between Type-I and Type-II superconductors, flux quantization, and the Josephson effects, Cooper pairing, coherence, and excitations.

Course Objectives

Provide the student with a working knowledge of superconductivity, both with respect to the mathematical framework and with respect to numbers and scales involved in superconducting phenomena. Prepare the student for reading modern research literature.


Physics Schedule
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Mode of instruction

Lectures, presentations, homework

Course Load

3 EC = 84 uur Lectures: 6 × 2 = 12 hours Assessment:3 hours Self-study: 69 hours (including homework and preparation for presentation assigments

Assessment method

Written exam with closed questions (75 %), in-class presentations (25 %)

Reading list

to be determined


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Contactdetails Teacher(s):Dr. K. Lahabi