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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FSI3220 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers the microscopic approach to superconducting states and the physics of fluctuations in superconductors. Covered areas are Ginzburg-Landau model beyond mean field. Fluctuations in superconductors. Josephson effect; BCS theory single and multiple bands; Bogoliubov-de-Gennes equation; Unconventional Cooper pairing; Superconducting quantum interference devices

Intended learning outcomes

Upon passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • use microscopic methods to calculate and interpret magnetic response of superconductors
  • use macroscopic methods to calculate fluctuation effects in superconductors
  • use microscopic methods to calculate transport properties of the superconducting state

Course Disposition

The course is offered either as a reading course or seminar series depending on the number of interested students.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Prerequisites: Condensed Matter Physiscs SI2600, Statistical Mechanics SI2510 or equivalents

Recommended prerequisites

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V.  Schmidt, The Physics of Superconductors Introduction to Fundamentals and Applications

PG de Gennes, Superconductivity Of Metals And Alloys

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 7,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passing the course hand-in assignments.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Education cycle

Third cycle

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Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics