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

Supervisor's Name: Tami Pereg-Barnea

Supervisor's Email: tamipb [at] physics.mcgill.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.