This text introduces the key concepts of superconductivity, superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensates, three extremely important and rapidly developing fields of research which are closely related intellectually, in spite of their very different physical systems. The topics are developed alongside the necessary mathematical tools and no previous knowledge of quantum many-body theory is necessary.
James F. Annett is Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK.
1. Bose-Einstein condensates ; 2. Superfluid helium-4 ; 3. Superconductivity ; 4. The Ginzburg-Landau model ; 5. The macroscopic coherent state ; 6. The BCS theory of superconductivity ; 7. Superfluid helium-3 and unconventional superconductivity ; A. Solutions and hints to selected exercises