|Name||Prof. Dr. Manfred Sigrist|
Institut für Theoretische Physik
ETH Zürich, HIT K 23.8
|Telephone||+41 44 633 25 84|
|402-0501-00L||Solid State Physics||0 credits||1S||A. Zheludev, G. Blatter, C. Degen, K. Ensslin, D. Pescia, M. Sigrist, A. Wallraff|
|402-0505-00L||Physics in the Smartphone|
Does not take place this semester.
|6 credits||3G||M. Sigrist|
|Abstract||Physics in today's high-tech smartphone. Examples: network topology and scratch proof glass, spin-orbit coupling - brighter displays, GPS and general theory of relativity, electromagnetic response of matter (transparent metals for displays, GPS signal propagation), light-field cameras, CCD and CMOS light sensors, physics stops Moore's law, meta-materials for antennas, MEMS sensor physics, etc.|
|Objective||Students recognize and appreciate the enormous impact "physics" has on today's high tech world. Abstract concepts, old and recent, encountered in the lectures are implemented and present all around us.|
Students are actively involved in the preparation and presentation of the topics, and thus acquire valuable professional skills.
|Content||We explore how traditional and new physics concepts and achievements make their way into today's ubiquitous high-tech gadget : the smartphone. |
Examples of topics include:
network topology and scratch proof Gorilla glass,
spin-orbit coupling makes for four times brighter displays,
no GPS without general theory of relativity,
electromagnetic response of matter (transparent metals for displays, GPS signal propagation in the atmosphere),
lightfield cameras replacing CCD and CMOS light sensors,
physical limitations to IC scaling: the end of "Moore's law",
meta-materials for antennas,
physics of the various MEMS sensors,
|Lecture notes||The presentation material and original literature will be distributed weekly.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Basic physics lectures and introduction to solid state physics are expected.|
This is a "3 hour" course, with two hours set for <tba>, and the third one to be set at the beginning of the semester.
An introductory event is planed in the first week of the term on Wednesday, September 19th - 17:45 in the room HIT K51. In this meeting we will fix the time of the usual lecture and we will distribute the topics for the presentations during the term. The tutors will briefly present each topics.
|402-0580-00L||Superconductivity||6 credits||2V + 1U||M. Sigrist|
|Abstract||Superconductivity: thermodynamics, London and Pippard theory; Ginzburg-Landau theory: spontaneous symmetry breaking, flux quantization, type I and II superconductors; microscopic BCS theory: electron-phonon mechanism, Cooper pairing, quasiparticle spectrum, thermodynamics and response to magnetic fields. Josephson effect: superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID) and other applications.|
|Objective||Introduction to the most important concepts of superconductivity both on phenomenological and microscopic level, including experimental and theoretical aspects.|
|Content||This lecture course provides an introduction to superconductivity, covering both experimental as well as theoretical aspects. The following topics are covered: |
Basic phenomena of superconductivity: thermodynamics, electrodynamics, London and Pippard theory; Ginzburg-Landau theory: spontaneous symmetry breaking, flux quantization, properties of type I and II superconductors; mixed phase; microscopic BCS theory: electron-phonon mechanism, Cooper pairing, coherent state, quasiparticle spectrum, thermodynamics and response to magnetic fields; Josephson effects, superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID)and other applications.
|Lecture notes||Lecture notes and additional materials are available.|
|Literature||M. Tinkham: "Introduction to Superconductivity"|
P. G. de Gennes: "Superconductivity Of Metals And Alloys"
W. Buckel and R. Kleiner: "Superconductivity - Fundamentals and Applications"
J.B. Ketterson and S.N. Song: "Superconductivity"
J.R. Schrieffer: "Theory of Superconductivity"
|Prerequisites / Notice||The preceding attendance of the scheduled lecture courses "Introduction to Solid State Physics" and "Quantum Mechanics I" are mandatory. The lectures "Quantum Mechanics II" and "Solid State Theory" provide the most optimal conditions to follow this course.|