Study Programmes 2016-2017
Physics of superconductors
Duration :
15h Th
Number of credits :
Master in physics (120 ECTS)2
Master in physics (60 ECTS)2
Lecturer :
Alejandro Silhanek
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
This course presents an introduction to superconductivity.
Some of the concepts that will be tackled are:
- Perfect electrical conductivity - London model - Basic concepts of the microscopic theory (BCS) - Fluxoid quantization - Vortex structures - Thermodynamics of superconductors (Ginzburg-Landau) - Critical fields - Interaction between vortices - Surface effects - Trapping and periodic pinning - Self Organized criticality in Superconductors (Bean Model) - Vortex avalanches - Confinement effects in superconductors - Vortex ratchets and other rectification effects - Superconductor-ferromagnet hybrid systems
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
By the end of the course, the students will be able: * To know and understand the electric, thermodynamic and magnetic properties of superconductors as well as the main difference between a superconductor and a perfect conductor. * To understand how the confinement effects modify the ground state and the response of a superconducting system. * To understand the influence of the material microstructure on the conduction properties. * To know and understand the techniques used for visualizing the quantized magnetic flux. * To know and understand the way of controlling or manipulating the quantized magnetic flux.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
It is convenient to have basic knowledge of mathematics and solid state physics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
-The time schedule is available at the web page of the ULg
- The course consist of 8 classes of 2 hours.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
The slides of the course will be distributed via email at he end of each class.
Reference books: - M. Tinkham, "Introduction to Superconductivity" - P.G. de Gennes, "Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys" - Charles P. Poole Jr., Horacio A. Farach and Richard J. Creswick, "Superconductivity"
Assessment methods and criteria :
Along the course each student must select a topic of interest related to the course and make a short presentation of about 30 minutes (20%). The final evaluation consists of a writen or oral exam (80%)
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
This course is given in English.
Contacts :
Alejandro V. Silhanek Département de Physique Université de Liège Bât. B5, R/51 Allée du 6 août, 19 B- 4000 Sart Tilman BELGIUM Phone : 04 366 36 32 Email:
Items online :
Ensemble des documents du cours
Fichiers pdf