Physics 880.06: Condensed Matter Physics (Spring, 2002)

[ Introduction and General Format | Syllabus ]

[ Problem Sets ] [Office Hours; Grader| Random Information]

Introduction and General Format

This year, the Spring quarter of physics 880.06 will be devoted to a single broad topic: superconductivity. The previous quarters of the sequence are NOT prerequisites; the course should be accessible even if you haven't taken the first two quarters.

Recommended text: Michael Tinkham, Introduction to Superconductivity (second edition).

The course will meet Tu and Th from 9:55 to 11:18 in Aviation 101. (This is a change from our previous room.) The Aviation building is directly across 19th Ave. from Smith Lab. The instructor is David Stroud.

Grading will be based on problem sets. Problem sets will generally be due by noon on Fridays, and should be turned into the mailbox of the grader, Mr. Wissam Al-Saidi. Unless otherwise indicated, each problem is worth 10 points.


1. Introduction: Basic Experimental Facts of Superconductivity

2. Electrodynamics of Superconductors

3. BCS Theory

4. Ginzburg-Landau Theory and the Magnetic Properties of Superconductors

5. Josephson Effect: Basic Phenomena, Effects in Small Junctions, Josephson Arrays

6. High-Temperature Superconductors (fluctuation effects, flux-lattice melting, pinning, non-s-wave pairing models)

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Office Hours; Grader

My office is Smith 4034; tel. (292)-8140; email

Office hours are T Th 11:30 - 12:30 and by appointment.

My email address is

The grader is Mr. Wissam Al-Saidi (email