NOTE: This is an old course page. Information about current courses can be found from here
Tfy-3.491 (5 ocr) PV, 2+2, autumn 2006
Low Temperature Physics: Theory of Superconductivity
formerly Kyl-0.104 Low Temperature Physics: Theory
This graduate lecture course provides the theory of a fascinating
phenomenon of superconductivity. Using simple and rigorous arguments the course
allows a beginner to get prepared to the present-day research in condensed
matter physics and nanotechnology, for which understanding superconductivity
Knowledge of basic principles of quantum mechanics is required.
The course amounts to 5 old credit points. (this may change)
Lecturer: Dr. N. B.
Kopnin, email: email@example.com
The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity.
Josephson and tunneling phenomena, weak links.
November 28th, 2006
Reminder: Remember to registrate for the exam in
Webtopi at least one week before the
event or let the course assistant know of your participation! This also applies
to the exam in February.
November 21st, 2006
Updated lecture notes are available. Changes are made in chapters 4 and 5.
October 19th, 2006
Because of the second examination period (26.10-1.11), there is neither a
lecture nor an exercise session on Tuesday 31.10.
September 12th, 2006
The first lecture was today and the exercise sessions were scheduled
on Tuesdays at 13.15 starting from the next week (19.9). The room is the
same as that of the lectures (F3). If you wish to sign-in late for the
course, attend the first exercise session or contact the course
August 24th, 2006
The lecture notes are now available on the web page. They will be updated
during the course (especially from chapter 4 onwards).
On Tuesdays, 10-12
, in hall F3
, the physics building. The
first lecture was on September 12th, 2006
The course will be lectured in English.
On Tuesdays, 13-15
, in hall F3
, the physics building.
Each week, a couple of exercises are given. Solutions to the problems
should be handed in at the sessions. Alternatively, they can be returned
in advance to room F105 on the ground floor of the physics building
(find a map by following the link below). Solved problems are taken into
account in grading.
Juha Voutilainen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
19.9. - Problems 1.1 and 1.2 on page 19 of the lecture notes
26.9. - 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5
3.10. - 2.1 (yes, only one)
10.10. - 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6
17.10. - 2.2, 2.3, 2.7 and 2.8 (the remaining four in this chapter)
24.10. - 3.1 and 3.2
7.11. - 3.3 and 3.4
14.11. - 4.1 and 4.2
21.11. - 4.3 and 4.4
28.11. - 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5
5.12. - A new problem:
Find the quasiclassical probability of MQT from the minimum of
the washboard potential for I close to Ic
12.12. - The remaining two in Chap. 6 (6.2 and 6.3 in
the current, updated, online version of
the lecture notes)
Here is a list of a few suggested books on the subject.
M. Tinkham, Introduction to superconductivity. McGraw-Hill, New
P. G. de Gennes, Superconductivity of metals and alloys. W. A. Benjamin,
New York. (1966)
A. A. Abrikosov, Fundamentals of theory of metals. North Holland,
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Statistical physics, part 2: Theory
of the condensed state, by E. M. Lifshitz and L. P. Pitaevskii. Pergamon,
The course can be passed by taking a normal full course examination.
The final exam is held on Thu December 14th (time: 9-12, place: F1).
Another exam is held on Tue February 6th, 2007 (time: 12-15, place:
Note that these are referred to with a course code Kyl-0.104 in the
department listing of examinations.
Last updated on Wed Dec 13, 2006 by Juha