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Syllabus for

Academic year
MCC015 - Superconducting devices: fundamentals and applications
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   28 May 2014 pm M,  14 Jan 2014 am M,  Contact examiner

In programs



Bitr professor  Floriana Lombardi
Docent  Alexei Kalaboukhov
Professor  Dag Winkler


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic physics.


Superconductivity is a fascinating phenomenon that allows us to observe
quantum mechanical effects at the macroscopic scale. A tremendous
importance of superconductivity for fundamental science can be seen from
the fact that there are at least 12 Nobel laureates in physics, who obtained the
price for research related to superconductivity. Besides being of
tremendous interest in themselves and vehicles for development key
concepts and methods in theoretical physics, superconductors have found
important applications in modern society. Those range from high power
applications and strong superconducting magnets used in medicine,
diagnostics and particle accelerators; to most sensitive quantum devices
capable of measuring about a trillionth part of the Earths magnetic
field and a millionth part of the electron charge.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The course is aiming to provide a basic knowledge of the theory of superconductors and the Josephson effect and their applications in cryoelectronics. It introduces a number of basic concepts and develops the necessary theory for modeling superconducting devices.


Introduction-Review of basic properties of superconductors
London equations, Linear electrodynamics of superconductors and microwave properties
Superconducting microwave components
Tunnelling effect in superconductors
DC and AC Josephson effect
RCSJ model of Josephson junctions
Vortex dynamics in long Josephson junctions
Overview of superconducting applications
Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs)
Superconducting mixers, detectors and bolometers
Mesoscopic superconducting devices


Lectures, Home assignments, Laborations and reports.


Van Duzer: Superconductive Devices and Circuitry, and lectures notes.


Home assignments (30%), Written examination. Grade level: 3(G) =30%, 4(VG)=60%, 5(MVG)=80%.

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