## PH30079: Superconductivity

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Owning Department/School: Department of Physics
Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 60
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Period:
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
• Coursework (CW 20%)
• Examination (EX 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module 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. Ginsburg-Landau 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 non-conventional superconductors.
Programme availability:

#### PH30079 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
• USXX-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
• USXX-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USPH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
• USPH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USPH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USPH-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 3)
• USPH-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USPH-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• USPH-AFM02 : MPhys(Hons) Physics (Year 3)
• USPH-AFM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Research placement (Year 3)
• USPH-AAM12 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 4)
• USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 4)
• USPH-AFM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 3)
• USPH-AFM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Research placement (Year 3)
• USPH-AKM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional Placement (Year 4)
• USPH-AKM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 4)
• USXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
• USXX-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Programmes in Natural Sciences
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Environmental Science with Physics stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Environmental Science with Physics stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Environmental Science with Physics stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Environmental Science stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Environmental Science stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Environmental Science stream) with Year long work placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Physics stream) with Professional Placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Physics stream) with Professional Placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Biology stream) with Professional Placement (Year 4)
• UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) (Year 3)
• UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) with Study year abroad (Year 4)
• UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics with Chemistry stream) with Professional Placement (Year 4)

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