
Academic Year:  2014/5 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Physics 
Credits:  3 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
Period: 
Semester 2 
Assessment Summary:  CW 20%, EX 80% 
Assessment Detail: 

Supplementary Assessment: 
Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations) 
Requisites:  Before taking this unit you must (take PH10006 or take PH10051) and (take PH20013 or take PH20060) and (take PH20017 or take PH20063) and (take PH20029 or take PH20067) 
Description:  Aims: The aim of this unit is to explain the basic properties of superconductivity, and illustrate contemporary applications of related phenomena. Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit the student should be able to: * describe the basic properties of superconductors; * apply fundamental knowledge of superconductors to applications of superconductivity in technology and the research laboratory; * make quantitative estimates of the parameters that govern superconductivity. Skills: Numeracy T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A. Content: Basic phenomenology; critical temperature, zero resistance, critical magnetic field, Meissner effect, penetration depth, coherence length. Two fluid model. GinsburgLandau theory. Microscopic theory; Cooper pairs, electron phonon interaction, isotope effect, BCS model and the energy gap. Type I and type II superconductors, vortex states and critical currents. Applications of type II materials. Tunnelling in superconductors; the Josephson effect, SQUIDS. High Tc superconductivity. Other nonconventional superconductors. 
Programme availability: 
PH30079 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Mathematical Sciences
