Overview
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 presentday 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: lastname@boojum.hut.fi
Topics:

The BardeenCooperSchrieffer theory of superconductivity.

Normalsuperconducting interfaces.

Josephson and tunneling phenomena, weak links.

Superconducting nanostructures.
Lectures
On
Tuesdays, 1012, in hall
F3, the physics building. The
first lecture was on
September 12th, 2006.
The course will be lectured in English.
Lecture notes
Exercises
On
Tuesdays, 1315, 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: firstname.lastname@tkk.fi
Exercise problems

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)
Literature
Here is a list of a few suggested books on the subject.
Basic reading:

M. Tinkham, Introduction to superconductivity. McGrawHill, New
York. (1996)

P. G. de Gennes, Superconductivity of metals and alloys. W. A. Benjamin,
New York. (1966)
More advanced:

A. A. Abrikosov, Fundamentals of theory of metals. North Holland,
Amsterdam. (1998)

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,
Oxford. (1980)
Examination
The course can be passed by taking a normal full course examination.
The final exam is held on Thu December 14th (time: 912, place: F1).
Another exam is held on Tue February 6th, 2007 (time: 1215, place:
F1).
Note that these are referred to with a course code Kyl0.104 in the
department listing of examinations.