High-Temperature Superconductors

Intensive course “High-temperature superconductors”
26 September – 21 October, 2016

First lecture:   26 Sep., Monday, 12:30
Place:               Skoltech, Room 402
Address:          Nobel Str. 3, Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moscow

Course description:
The course will provide an overview of a large body of experimental and theoretical research on high-temperature superconductors with a particular focus on the properties of cuprates.

Target audience:
junior researchers, Ph.D. students, advanced Master students.

Recommended background:
training in solid-state physics, familiarity with basic superconductivity concepts

Course organizers: Prof. Boris Fine (Skoltech), Prof. Nuh Gedik (MIT)

Course lecturers:
Prof. Artem Abakumov (Skoltech)
Prof. Ricardo Comin (MIT)
Prof. Konstantin Efetov (Ruhr University Bochum)
Prof. Boris Fine (Skoltech)
Prof. Nuh Gedik (MIT)
Prof. Andrei Katanin (Ural Federal University)
Dr. Alexander Molodyk (Superox)

Teaching assistants:
Pavel Dolgirev (Skoltech)
Edbert Sie (MIT)

Course schedule (subject to possible changes)
4 weeks:  26 Sep – 21 Oct  =  3 weeks (lectures)  +  1 week (assessment)
Structure of a lecture week:
4 lectures x 3 hours / Mon, Tue,Thu, Fri  +  1 recitation  x 3 hours/Mon or Thu
Week 1:  26 Sep – 30 Sep

26 Sep., Mon, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 1 / Fine  
Introduction. Overview of the field of high-Tc superconductivity

Assignment 1 / Fine  (due 30 Sep., Fri. 9:00)

27 Sep., Tue, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 2 / Fine
Conventional superconductors

29 Sep., Thu, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 3 / Fine
Experimental investigations of cuprates: thermodynamic and transport properties, NMR, muSR, neutron scattering, tunneling spectroscopy,  STM.

30 Sep., Fri, 16:00-19:00, Rm. 402
Lecture 4 / Sie – Gedik
Basics of  ARPES/time-resolved probes

Assignment 2 / Sie-Gedik (due 6 Oct., Thu., 16:30)

Week 2:  3 Oct – 7 Oct

3 Oct., Fri, 9:00-12:00, Rm. 422
Recitation 1 / Fine
Discussion of Assignment 1

3 Oct., Mon, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 5   part 1 / Abakumov 
Crystal structure and chemistry of cuprate superconductors

part 2 / Molodyk

Applications of cuprate superconductors, fabrication of high current conductors and devices

Assignment 3 / Fine (due 10 Oct., Mon., 9:00)

4 Oct.,  Tue, 10:00-12:00,  Superox
Excursion to Superox manufacturing facility

Научный проезд дом. 20 (or visit http://www.superox.ru/en/contacts/), технопарк “Слава”, м. Калужская

4 Oct., Tue, 17:15 – 20:15, Rm. 402
Lecture 6  / Gedik
Investigations of cuprates by pulse-probe techniques and time-resolved ARPES

6 Oct., Thu, 12:30 – 15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 7 / Efetov
Quantum Criticality, and Charge and Current Modulation in Cuprates

6 Oct., Thu, 16:30 – 19:30, Rm. 403
Recitation 2 / Sie – Gedik

7 Oct., Fri, 16:00-19:00, Rm. 402
Lecture 8 / Comin

Charge-density waves in cuprates – experiment – X-ray studies.

Assignment of a final project / Fine

Week 3: 10 Oct – 14 Oct

10 Oct., Mon, 9:00-12:00, Rm. 422
Recitation 3 / Fine
Discussion of Assignment 3

10 Oct., Mon, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 9 / Katanin
Magnetism of itinerant electron systems and magnetic correlations

Assignment 4 / Katanin (due 17 Oct., Mon 9:00)

11 Oct., Tue, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 10 / Katanin
Unconventional superconductivity

13 Oct., Thu, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 11 / Katanin
Modern theoretical approaches

14 Oct., Fri, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Lecture 12 / Fine
Coulomb-frustrated electronic phase separation

Week 4: 17 Oct – 21 Oct

17 Oct., Mon, 9:00-12:00, Rm. 402
Recitation 4 / Katanin  

Discussion of Assignment 4
Possible additional lectures or discussion sections can be scheduled during this week

20 Oct., Thu, 12:30-15:30, Rm. 402
Oral presentation of final projects / Fine

21 Oct., Fri,  17:00, Rm. 163
Submission of written reports on the final projects / Fine