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FSK3759 Superconductivity and applications 6.0 credits

Superconductivity is a fascinating phenomenon that leads to completely loss-less transport of electric currents – a property that is very attractive for different types of applications. This course gives the basic knowledge for continued work with superconductivity in research or industry. The course covers both the basic theories and models of superconductivity as well as parts of the engineering understanding that is required for designing superconducting applications.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3759 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Physical properties of superconductors, London theory, Vortices in type-II superconductors, vortex dynamics, Beans model, Josephson junctions, quantum interference, SQUID, Ginzburg-Landau theory, BCS theory, applications of superconductivity

Intended learning outcomes

The student shall after the course be able to

  • apply fundamental theories and concepts in superconductivity
  • analyse and evaluate applications of superconductivity
  • deepen their knowledge in superconductivity within an area related to their doctoral studies

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Finished a course in Vector analysis (SI1146)

Finished a course in Quantum Mechanics (SI1155 Theoretical Physics)

The student is expected to have good knowledge in Maxwells equations. In introductory course in Solid State Physics is reommended but not mandatory

Recommended prerequisites

Good knowledge about basic concepts in vector analysis, like divergence, curl, line inegrals, Gauss and Stokes theorems.
Good knowledge of Maxwell's equations and basic quantum physics.

An introductory course in solid state physics is recommended, but not necessary


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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • FÖR1 - Deepening task, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • IMU1 - Hand-in-problems with final oral exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

FÖR1 is an individual task with superconductitivty. The subject and examination form (oral or written) is decided in agreement between student and examiner

Other requirements for final grade

A pass grade on all parts of the examination in the course.

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

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FSK3759

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Magnus Andersson

Supplementary information

The course is developed according to the KTH directives for course development.

Additional regulations

The course is given on demand in connection to normal offerings of the master level course SK2905 Superconductivity and other quantum liquids.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics