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Superconductivity is a fascinating phenomenon that allows you to observe quantum mechanical effects at the macroscopic scale.

An importance of superconductivity for fundamental science can be seen from the fact that there are at least 12 Nobel laureates in physics, who obtained the price for research related to superconductivity. Besides being of great interest in themselves, superconductors have been vehicles for development key concepts and methods in modern theoretical physics and find more and more practical applications in our society. Those range from high power applications, strong superconducting magnets used in medicine, diagnostics and particle accelerators; to most sensitive quantum devices capable of measuring 10-11 of the Earths magnetic field and a millionth part of the electron charge.

In this course you will obtain a basic knowledge of the theory of superconductors and the Josephson effect and their applications in cryoelectronics. It introduces a number of basic concepts and develops the necessary theory for modeling superconducting devices.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course.

    The course will be given in English.

    Teaching format

    The teaching and learning activities are lectures, exercises, and mandatory laboratory sessions.


    The examination consists of a written exam and written reports of the laboratory work. There are also home work problems that can provide bonus points for the exam.


    Vladimir Krasnov, e-mail:

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Written compendium delivered during the course.

    Complementary literature: 

    V. V. Schmidt “The Physics of Superconductors: Introduction to Fundamentals and Applications”, ISBN 3-540-61243-2 (Springer-Verlag 1997)

    M. Tinkham “Introduction to Superconductivity” ISBN 0486435032 (Dover Pubns 2004);
    P. G. de Gennes "Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys" ISBN 0738201014 (Perseus Book 1999)

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:

    Vladimir Krasnov

    phone: 08 55378606


    Course assistant:

    Roger Cattaneo, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: