Magnetism and Superconductivity - PHYS7520

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Jorge Quintanilla Tizon checkmark-circle


Introduction. Magnetism, magnetometry and measuring techniques, Localised magnetic moments, spin and orbital moments, magnetic moments in solids. Paramagnetism. Exchange interactions, direct, indirect and superexchange, Magnetic structures, ferro, ferri, antiferromagnetism. Neutron and X-ray scattering. Spin waves, magnons. Magnetic phase transitions. 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assignment (15%)
Assignment (15%)
Examination (70%)

Indicative reading

S. Blundell; Magnetism in Condensed Matter (2001).
J. F. Annett; Superconductivity, Superfluids and Condensates (2004).
R. M. White; Quantum theory of magnetism: magnetic properties of materials (2010).
P. G. de Gennes; Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys (1999).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
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.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:
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.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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