141.685 Superconductivity
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC
Quinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and describe the basic properties of superconductors. From their knowledge of the main theoretcal descriptions they know about the limits of the effect in temperature, magnetic field and transport current. They understand the problems of current transport in technological superconductors. They also are aware of the quantum state of superconductivity and the resulting possibilities for applications. All of this enables them to use specialized literature in that field and start into corresponding scientific research. 

Subject of course

1. Introduction 2. BCS Theory 3. New Developments in theory 4. Basic experiments 5. Supeconductors in magnetic fields 6. Hysteresis in type II superconductors 7. Applications

Teaching methods

Presentation of the relevant knowledge. Discussion, repeating und consideration of the students' feedback. Establishing a connection to recent and ongoing scientific work. 

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue15:00 - 16:3012.10.2021 - 25.01.2022 Vorlesung - Zoom
Superconductivity - Single appointments
Tue12.10.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue19.10.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue09.11.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue16.11.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue23.11.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue30.11.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue07.12.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue14.12.202115:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue11.01.202215:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue18.01.202215:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom
Tue25.01.202215:00 - 16:30 Vorlesung - Zoom

Examination modalities

During an oral examination we check the knowledge about the basic theories of superconductivity (thermodynamics, London Theory, Josephson Effect, BCS, Ginzburg-Landau) as well as the corresponding experimental findings. Special attention is paid to the current transport in type-II superconductors and resulting possibilities for applications. 

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences Not specified
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
066 461 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
412 Subject: Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective
810 Technical Physics Mandatory elective


Lecture notes for this course are available.