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SCP9087678, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1174, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CRISTIAN PIRA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Solid State Physics
Target skills and knowledge: Once finished the course, the students will know:
1. The phenomenology of superconducting materials in DC and RF and the main theories that govern it;
2. The different fields of application of superconducting materials;
3. Different techniques of synthesis and preparation of superconducting materials;
4. How to discriminate the characteristics required to the superconducting material, depending on the application.
Examination methods: The evaluation exam on the knowledge and expected skills is based on an oral discussion (of about half an hour), in which open questions on the arguments of the course will be submitted.
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the comprehension and learning of the treated arguments, concepts and proposed methodologies, together with the ability to apply them autonomously. Furthermore, the scientific rigor of the answers and the correct use of scientific terminology will be taken into consideration.
Electrical conduction in normal metals. Phenomenology of superconducting materials. The two-fluid model. London electrodynamics. First and second type superconductors. Thermodynamics of the superconducting transition. Bose condensation. Microscopic theory of superconductivity. The superconducting ground state. Quasiparticle excitations. Radiofrequency superconductivity.

Superconductivity in transition metals and Matthias’ empirical rules. B1 and A15 Compounds, the particular case of MgB2 and high Tc superconducting materials. Synthesis and surface treatments in superconducting materials, both thin film and bulk. Characterization of superconducting properties. Materials and applications in mixed phase and Meissner phase.

Overview of different superconducting materials applications, with particular focus on: superconducting magnets, superconducting motors, radiofrequency cavities, SQUID and current transport.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures with the use of power points presentations; possible visits at the SRF facilities of Legnaro National Laboratories (INFN).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material will be available online on University of Padua Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lynton, E.A., Superconductivity. London: Chapman and Hall, 1969. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Newhouse, V.L., Applied Superconductivity. New York: Academic Press, 1975. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vonsovskii, S.V., Izyumov, Yu.A., Kurmaev. E.Z., Superconductivity of Transition Metals, their Alloys and Compounds. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vonsovskii, S.V., Izyumov, Yu.A., Kurmaev. E.Z., Superconductivity of Transition Metals, their Alloys and Compounds. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R.G. Sharma, Superconductivity: Basics and Applications to Magnets. --: Springer, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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