University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Superconductivity, Ancient and Modern, Part 1

Fall 2018

Time and location:

- Time: Mon Wed 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
- Place: 276 Loomis Laboratory

Instructor:

- A.J. Leggett (2113 ESB) Office hour 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Friday

TA:

- AtMa Chan atma.pochan at gmail dot com

- The week of September 17: Monday office hour has been changed to Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00pm
- Course announcement

- Syllabus and schedule of lectures (provisional) [assessment part updated]

- Problem Set 1 CORRECTED 9-11-2018 15:58 - Due in the 598sc homework box (2nd floor Loomis) by 9 a.m. on Mon. 17 Sept.
- Problem Set 2 Due in the 598sc homework box (2nd floor Loomis) by 1 p.m. on Mon. 1 Oct.
- Problem Set 3 Due in the 598sc homework box (2nd floor Loomis) by 1 p.m. on Mon. 15 Oct. (NOTE: Equation 25 is corrected in Lecture 10, below. Also, the typos in problem 1 part (a) are corrected)
- Problem Set 4 Due in the 598sc homework box (2nd floor Loomis) by 1 p.m. on Mon. 29 Oct.

Part 1

- No typed lecture notes for lecture 1.
- Lecture 2. Phenomenology of (classic) superconductivity
- Lecture 3. Phenomenological theory of the EM properties of superconductors
- Lecture 4. Recap: normal metals and the clectron-phonon interaction
- Lecture 5. Fundamental Ideas of BCS Theory
- Lecture 6. Quantitative Development of BCS Theory
- Lecture 7. Thermodynamic and response properties of superconductors (other than EM)
- Lecture 8. Microscopic Properties of BCS Superconductors (cont.)
- Lecture 9. Superconducting alloys: electromagnetic response of clean and dirty superconductors (New copy posted with two small corrections on 9-27 at noon.)
- Lecture 10. Ginzburg-Landau Theory: Simple Applications (11:30am, 3 Oct.: Equation 25 CORRECTED for use in Problem Set 3, )
- Lecture 11. The Bogoliubov{de Gennes and Andreev Equations: Andreev Reflection
- Lecture 12. Magnetic impurity and other `pair-breaking' effects
- Lecture 13. The Josephson effect
- Lecture 14. The stability of supercurrents: Fluctuation effects (To be posted Monday afternoon, Oct. 15)
- Lecture 15. Miscellaneous topics in BCS theory (To be posted Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17)