'The emergence of superconductivity' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.


Supervisor's Name: Tami Pereg-Barnea

Supervisor's Email: tamipb [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-1687

Supervisor's Website: www.physics.mcgill.ca/~tamipb

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: The emergence of superconductivity

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Superconductivity, a phenomenon in which electrical current flows without dissipation may be described a condensation of electron pairs (called Cooper pairs).  The system's ground state is a macroscopic collection of the pairs and there's a large energy gap to excited states. The effect can be turned on and off by magnetic field.  We will study the time evolution of superconductivity immediately after a change in magnetic field.  This will be done through numerically solving time dependent differential equations.

Prerequisite: 3 terms completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 25% proposal, 50% final report

Other project information: The project is theoretical/computational in nature.  Basic knowledge in computer programming is needed. This work will be done in collaboration with a graduate student and in relation with an experiment which is done by another group in the department.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours. E-mail me to make an appointment.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.

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Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:


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