Superfluids, Condensates, and Superconductors (SCS | INR7008U)

Description: The extraordinary properties of Superfluids, Superconductors and Bose-Einstein condensates are fascinating manifestations of macroscopic quantum coherence: the fact that the low temperature ordered state is described by a macroscopic wavefunction.
We will study quantum fluids, the superfluidity of liquid 4He and liquid 3He, Bose-Einstein Condensation in dilute gases, metallic superconductivity, as well as the different techniques for achieving low temperatures. It is hoped to emphasize the conceptual links between these very different physical systems. Important developments in this subject were recognised by Nobel prizes in 2003, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1987, 1978, 1973, 1972, 1962 and 1913, which is one measure of its central importance in physics.

This module is taught by RHUL.