MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Phenomenology of Superconductivity

Alfred Zong

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: 8.02 (E&M), 8.04 (QM), 8.044 (SM), or consent of instructor

Superconductivity is one of the most exciting discoveries in the 20th century. Superconductors are cool (literally) not just because they have zero electrical resistance; they exhibit a whole zoology of strange properties that still fascinate physicists today. This course will introduce many properties of superconductors and provide several theoretical frameworks to study their behavior. Topics include London equations, Ginzburg-Landau theory, Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory, and Josephson junction. We will end with discussions on high-Tc superconductors, which are at the forefront of condensed matter research today.

There are 9 lectures in the first two weeks of IAP. Attendance for all lectures is required. Optional textbooks include:


Contact: Alfred Zong,

Jan/09 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/10 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/11 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/12 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/13 Fri 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/17 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/18 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/19 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163
Jan/20 Fri 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163

Alfred Zong