Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.01.2020 - 07.04.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I, II, III, IV, V Autumn & Spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

The course consists of three (self-consistent) sections:

Theory of Superconductivity: III-IV (Spring) 2019, Vladimir Eltsov

Nanoelectronics:  I-II (Autumn) 2019, Gheorghe-Sorin Paraoanu

Low Temperature Physics: III-IV (Spring 2020), Pertti Hakonen

Extent: 5-6 cr per section

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the students will be prepared for the present-day research in condensed matter physics and, in particular, in quantum engineering and nanotechnology. The participants will develop abilities to follow/understand ongoing research (in the form of papers, presentations, seminars) as well as develop skills needed to start  research in the field of the low-temperature physics.

Theory of Superconductivity: The students will get a basic understanding of the fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and will learn how the features of superconducting materials are used in creation of various quantum devices; will be able to calculate properties of simple superconducting structures; will get an idea about very modern developments in this area of physics, like topological materials.

Nanoelectronics:  The students will master advanced techniques for modeling electrical and thermal transport processes in nanoelectronics. They will acquire a solid background on the operation of nanoelectronic devices such as single-electron transistors, Cooper pair pumps, SQUIDs, SINIS coolers, nanomechanical oscillators, parametric amplifiers.

Low Temperature Physics: The students will learn how to construct a successful experiment using low-temperature techniques.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Theory of Superconductivity: The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity; normal-superconducting interfaces; Josephson and tunneling phenomena, weak links; superconducting nanostructures; introduction to unconventional and topological superconductivity.

Nanoelectronics: review of key results in quantum physics and solid-state physics, semiclassical transport (Boltzmann equation), scattering theory (Landauer-Buttiker formalism), tunneling and Coulomb blockade, SIS and NIS junctions, superconducting qubits, graphene, noise and correlations, input-output theory, nanomechanical systems, quantum amplifiers, advanced quantum materials for nanoelectronics.

Low Temperature Physics: Behavior of matter at low temperatures; modern refrigerators and submilliKelvin apparata; ultrasensitive measurement techniques.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Homework and written final exam after each part.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

(per each part)

Contact teaching: 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

In-class exercises: 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

Independent work: 75-90 hrs

Exam: 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture notes and other course material will be listed on MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course will replace the course Tfy-3.4801

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=PHYS-E0551

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

quantum physics and solid-state physics, e.g. PHYS-E0414, PHYS-E0421

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact the lecturers.

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