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Superconducting Electronics via COMSOL Modeling

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  • Offers an intuitive, concept-driven introduction to superconductivity suitable for a broad audience

  • Supported by an extensive library of COMSOL multiphysics simulation codes to illustrate key concepts

  • Supplemented by worked examples and problem sets throughout

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mastering Superconductivity with Computers via Time-Dependent Ginzburg-Landau Equations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Basics

      • Armen Gulian
      Pages 3-50
  3. Derivation of Time-Dependent Ginzburg Landau Equations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. Stationary Ginzburg–Landau Equations

      • Armen Gulian
      Pages 113-148
    3. Superconductors with Impurities

      • Armen Gulian
      Pages 149-174
    4. General Equations for Nonequilibrium States

      • Armen Gulian
      Pages 175-196
    5. Electron and Phonon Collision Integrals

      • Armen Gulian
      Pages 197-230
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 273-276

About this book

This accessible textbook offers a novel, concept-led approach to superconducting electronics, using the COMSOL Multiphysics software to help describe fundamental principles in an intuitive manner.

Based on a course taught by the author and aimed primarily at engineering students, the book explains concepts effectively and efficiently, uncovering the “shortcut” to understanding each topic, enabling readers to quickly grasp the underlying essence. The book is divided into two main parts; the first part provides a general introduction to key topics encountered in superconductivity, illustrated using COMSOL simulations based on time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations and avoiding any deeply mathematical derivations. It includes numerous worked examples and problem sets with tips and solutions.

The second part of the book is more conventional in nature, providing detailed derivations of the basic equations from first principles. This part covers more advanced topics, including the BCS-Gor'kov-Eliashberg approach to equilibrium properties of superconductors, the derivation of kinetic equations for nonequilibrium superconductors, and the derivation of time-dependent Ginzburg–Landau equations, used as the basis for COMSOL modeling in the first part.

Supported throughout by an extensive library of COMSOL Multiphysics animations, the book serves as a uniquely accessible introduction to the field for engineers and others with a less rigorous background in physics and mathematics. However, it also features more detailed mathematical background for those wishing to delve further into the subject.

 

Keywords

  • Superconductivity textbook
  • Superconductivity animations
  • Nonequilbrium superconductors
  • Time-dependent Ginzburg Landau equations
  • Superconducting lasers
  • COMSOL multiphysics modelling of superconductors

Reviews

“In our research group, we work with designing complex superconducting circuits, which requires accurate simulation/testing of the structures under consideration before practical implementation. Many of the problems we encounter are not trivial and we have been struggling to fully understand the underlying theory and to accurately simulate the superconducting behavior. But then we found this book, and it has been an indispensable resource to us ever since. This book also provides a superb introduction and guide for those of us who are beginners in this field.” (Salahuddin Nur, Department of Quantum & Computer Engineering, Delft University of Technology) 

“Very useful book for modelling superconducting structures. It is not difficult to follow, even without an extensive physics background. It is a very fast way into effectively modelling superconductors. The first two chapters of the book go through all of the COMSOL modelling and cover the superconductor physics basics. I did not have trouble setting up any of the simulations. Every simulation that is discussed has an extensive guide on how to set up COMSOL for that particular problem. The later chapters cover the derivations and background behind much of the physics, but these chapters are not strictly necessary to study if you need to model superconducting devices. Overall, I'm very happy I found this book and I recommend it to anyone that wants to have a practical understanding of superconductors or anyone who needs to model superconducting devices.” (Maurice van der Maas, Microelectronics, Delft University of Technology)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Advanced Physics Laboratory Institute for Quantum Studies, Chapman University, Burtonsville, USA

    Armen Gulian

About the author

Dr. Armen Gulian is Senior Research Scientist and Director of Chapman University’s Advanced Physics Laboratory, located in Burtonsville, Maryland. His scientific career began with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral research on non-equilibrium phenomena in superconductors and superfluids within the group of Nobel Laureate Vitaly Ginzburg.

Before setting up the Advanced Physics Laboratory for Chapman, Dr. Gulian founded the Laboratory of High-Temperature Superconductivity at the Physics Research Institute, Armenia – overseeing the world’s first observation of phase-slip centers in high-temperature superconductors. Dr. Gulian has also worked on the development of quantum detectors at the US Naval Research Laboratory, where he proposed a theoretical design and performed experimental demonstration of novel cryogenic detector prototypes for X-ray/UV single-photons.

Dr. Gulian’s many publications include those on prediction of the “phonon deficit” effect (important for development of electronic coolers); the theory of superconducting quantum generators (potential application for terahertz radiation imaging and high-resolution acoustic imaging); and the prediction of interference current at the description of superconductivity based on time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations (important for superconducting electronics).

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Buying options

eBook USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-23486-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)