Introduction, electrons in solids
Superconductivity: Introduction to properties of superconductors, Thermodynamics and electrodynamics of superconductors, Type I and Type II superconductors, the flux lattice
Superconducting phase transitions
Microscopic superconductivity, correlations lengths, isotope effect, Cooper pairs, Froehlich Interaction, BCS theory.
High Tc superconductors, superfluids, liquid helium.
Magnetism, magnetometry and measuring techniques
Localised and itinerant magnetic moments, spin and orbital moments, magnetic moments in solids
Exchange interactions, direct, indirect and superexchange, Magnetic structures, ferro, ferri, antiferromagnetism
Neutron and x-ray scattering
Spin waves, magnons
Magnetic phase transitions
See also http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/strongcorrelations/teaching/superconductivity-and-magnetism
This module appears in:
- Physical Sciences Stage 2/3/4
- STMS Undergradute Stage 2 & 3
28 hours of lectures. Voluntary examples/revision classes will also be provided.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
70% final examination, 30% coursework including class tests.
An understanding of the underlying physics of magnets and superconductors.
An appreciation of the rich variety of physics dependent correlated electrons.
An ability to solve problems in the science of magnetism and superconductivity.
An appreciation of the role of magnets and superconductors in devices and industry.
Enhancement of problem solving abilities, particularly mathematical approaches to problem solving.
To use appropriate sources as part of directed self-learning.
Enhancement of the ability to interpret theory.
A deeper appreciation of the connection of the role played by fundamental science in society generally.