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Applied Superconductivity 1 (Josephson Effects and Superconduction Electronics)

Module PH2030

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2030 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to WS 2012/3.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2030 is Rudolf Gross.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Despite the fact that sometimes superconductivity is still considered exotic, superconductivity meanwhile has a   number of important applications. In this special course the most relevant present and future applications of superconductivity are discussed. Starting from what is commonly referred to as the macroscopic quantum  model of superconductivity, the course addresses the following topics:  

  • macroscopic quantum model of superconductivity
  • Josephson effects
  • Josephson junctions and Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs)
  • Josephson voltage standard
  • superconducting digital electronics
  • superconducting particle detectors & microwave applications
  • solid-state based quantum information processing devices

Learning Outcome

By the participation in this module the students acquire profound knowledge on the topic applications of superconductivity. This allows them to understand, analyze and to evaluate specific problems to the following aspects:
1) macroscopic quantum model of superconductivity, 2) Josephson effects, 3) Josephson junctions and Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs), 4) Josephson voltage standard, 5) superconducting digital electronics, 6) superconducting particle detectors & microwave applications, 7) solid-state based quantum information processing devices.


Basic knowledge on condensed matter physics and quantum mechanics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Applied Superconductivity 1: Josephson Effects and Superconducting Electronics Deppe, F. singular or moved dates
and dates in groups

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, beamer presentation, blackboard work, exercises in groups, discussions.


Lecture Notes, exercise sheets, supplementary literature.


  • Lecture notes and handouts
  • Tinkham: Introduction to Superconductivity
  • K. K. Likharev: Dynamics of Josephson Junctions and Circuits Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York (1986)
  • T. P. Orlando, K. A. Delin: Foundations of Applied Superconductivity, Addison-Wesley, New York (1991)
  • Fossheim, Sudbo: Superconductivity - Physics and Applications
  • Buckel, Kleiner: Supraleitung
  • de Gennes: Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2145: Angewandte Supraleitung 2 (Supraleitende Quantenschaltkreise) / Applied Superconductivity 2 (Superconducting Quantum Circuits) after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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