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 is indispensable.

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:



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 assistant.
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.

Lecture notes


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.

Teaching assistant: Juha Voutilainen, email:

Exercise problems


Here is a list of a few suggested books on the subject.

Basic reading:

More advanced:


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: F1).

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 Voutilainen