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SK2905 Superconductivity and other Quantum Liquids 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2905 (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, Bean's model, Josephson transitions, quantum interference, SQUID, Ginzburg-Landau theory, BCS theory, applications of superconductivity, introduction to other types of quantum fluids (superfluid helium and Bose.Einstein condensate).

Intended learning outcomes

After finished course the student should be able to:

  • apply basic theory and concepts of superconductivity
  • analyze and evaluate superconducting applications
  • apply basic concepts for other quantum fluids

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Completed course S11146 Vector analysis and S11155 Theoretical physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • IMU1 - Hand-in-problems with final oral exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Magnus Andersson,