Brock Calendar entry:
Overview of basic experimental facts. Introduction to the BCS theory;
effects of disorder; symmetry of the order parameter; the Ginzburg-Landau theory;
magnetic properties of superconductors; macroscopic phase coherence phenomena;
quasiparticle excitations in superconductors: thermal and optical properties.
Unconventional superconducting materials: HTSC, heavy fermions, organic superconductors.
There is no required textbook for the course. The main source of information
will be the lecture notes. The students are encouraged to consult numerous textbooks on
superconductivity available in the library, e.g. M. Tinkham, Introduction to Superconductivity;
J. Schrieffer, Theory of Superconductivity; V. Mineev and K. Samokhin,
Introduction to Unconventional Superconductivity.
Topics covered in the course:
Basic experimental facts and early (pre-BCS) theories.
Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory.
Phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau theory. Magnetic properties of superconductors.
Special topics: phase coherence and Josephson effect; unconventional pairing; Bogoliubov-de Gennes formalism; Andreev reflection.
Note: This list is tentative. Some topics may be removed, while others may be
3 assignments: 60% (20% each); assignments must be submitted by 5pm on the due date;
penalty for late assignments: -25% per day, including Saturdays and Sundays;
final exam: 40%; a student will need to pass the final exam to pass the