Superconductivity and superfluidity

Course Code :2001WETSCF
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jacques Tempere

3. Course contents *

This course is divided in three major parts. In the first section, we focus on ideal or weakly interacting Bose gases, and in particular on the recent developments regarding Bose condensation in dilute, magnetically trapped clouds of alkali gases. This will lead us from Einstein's seminal papers to the Gross-Pitaevskii equation.
In the second section, we investigate the case of strongly interacting Bose gases, using superfluid liquid helium as our subject. The Bogoliubov theory and Feynmans papers on liquid helium and the lambda transition are discussed.
Finally, we turn to superconductivity in the third section of the course, introducing both the BCS and Ginzburg-Landau descriptions. Low temperature superconductors will be the main focus of this section, although also helium-3, high-temperature superconductivity and superfluid dilute fermi gases will be discussed.