141.222 SQUIDs - Basics and Applications
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the physical fundamentals of the operation of SQUID sensors in the context of the available sensor types. They know the requirements for a successful application  of SQUID sensors in experiments. After successful attendance of the course students will be able to reasonably devise or debug their own experimental setups based on SQUID sensors.

Subject of course

Short introduction to the necessary basic concepts in superconductivity: flux quantization, Josephson equations, tunnel junctions Description of the concepts behind SQUID sensors Applications based on SQUID sensors (devices and experimental setups) other devices based on Josephson effects: Volt standard, digital devices

Teaching methods

During the lecture the path from theoretical ideas to the construction and application of SQUID sensors is described. The lectures are complemented by short repetitions and discussion of the previous section with the students. The possibilities for use are discussed in terms of the limiting influences (internal noise, external vibration, external electromagnetic noise) and illustrated by anumber of exemplary use cases. 

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed10:15 - 11:4510.03.2021 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/99604666848?pwd=WWRpMFMwTndLUys5YWNkb3FTRkZkUT09 (LIVE)Vorlesungsbeginn bzw. Vorbesprechung (Zoom)

Examination modalities

The acquired knowledge is checked in an oral exam. 

Course registration

Not necessary



Lecture notes for this course are available. beim Vortragenden

Previous knowledge

Some basic knowledge of the basics of superconductivity is useful but not required.