FK7053 Superconductivity :  Fundamentals and Applications


Credits: 7.5  points, ECTS (European Community Course Credit Transfer System)


Time: LP-4  2023/2024        


Lecture time: Wednesdays and Fridays 13:15-15:00 (see Schema)


Examiner: Vladimir Krasnov


Course starts:  20 March 2024, Time: 13:15, Place: FP22 



Superconductivity is a fascinating phenomenon that allows us to observe quantum mechanical effects at the macroscopic scale. An importance of superconductivity for fundamental science can be seen from the fact that there are at least 12 Nobel laureates in physics, who obtained the price for research related to superconductivity. Besides being of great interest in themselves, superconductors have been vehicles for development key concepts and methods in modern theoretical physics and find more and more practical applications in our society. Those range from high power applications, strong superconducting magnets used in medicine, diagnostics and particle accelerators; to most sensitive quantum devices capable of measuring 10-11 of the Earths magnetic field and a millionth part of the electron charge.


Aim and Goal:

The course is aiming to provide a basic knowledge of the theory of superconductors and the Josephson effect and their applications in cryoelectronics. It introduces a number of basic concepts and develops the necessary theory for modeling superconducting devices.



Vortices in superconductors- the essence of 2003 and partly 2016  Nobel price in physics.





Abrikosov vortices in the electron fluid of a type-II superconductor. The magnetic field passes through these vortices.





















Lectures, Labs (compulsory), Home assignments (optional), Demonstrations.



Kvantfysik 20 p or equivalent. Electromagnetism.



A complete Compendium will be delivered during the course to registered students.

Complementary literature: 

V.V.Schmidt “The Physics of Superconductors: Introduction to Fundamentals and Applications”, ISBN 3-540-61243-2 (Springer-Verlag 1997)

M.Tinkham “Introduction to Superconductivity” ISBN 0486435032 (Dover Pubns 2004);
P.G. de Gennes "Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys" ISBN 0738201014 (Perseus Book 1999)


Course material (Compendium, lecture notes, Zoom video)





Home assignments




Examination: see a previous tentamen

Written examination + Lab reports (compulsory: For passing the course you need to submit all lab reports).

You will get bonus points for home assignments, which will be counted at the exam. Maximum bonus will allow you to pass the course with the lowest grade E.  



Prof. Vladimir Krasnov

Razmik Hovhannisyan 

Room: A2:1054
Phone: (08) 5537-8606

Room: A2:1063


Phone: +46 736974069



(Course assistant) responsible for Labs and home assignments

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Group
Department of Physics, Stockholm University,
Albanova University Center, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden