Magnetism and Superconductivity - PH752

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR J Quintanilla Tizon







  • 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
  • Paramagnetism
  • Exchange interactions, direct, indirect and superexchange, Magnetic structures, ferro, ferri, antiferromagnetism
  • Neutron and x-ray scattering
  • Spin waves, magnons
  • Magnetic phase transitions
  • See also
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    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.

    Indicative reading

    Core texts:

  • S. Blundell; Magnetism in Condensed Matter, Oxford University Press (2001)
  • J.F. Annett; Superconductivity, Superfluids and Condensates, Oxford University Press (2004)
    Additional reading:
  • S. Elliot: The Physics and Chemistry of Solids (1998)
  • D.C. Mattis The theory of magnetism made simple (2004)
  • Tilley and Tilley; Superfluidity and Superconductivity, (1990)

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

  • Learning outcomes

  • 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.

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