Theory of Condensed Matter
Year:  20152016 

Catalog number:  4403CONDE 
Teacher(s): 

Language:  English 
Blackboard:  Yes 
EC:  9 
Level:  500 
Period:  Semester 2 
Hours of study:  43:00 hrs 
 Yes Elective choice
 Yes Contractonderwijs
 Yes Exchange
 Yes Study Abroad
 No Evening course
 Yes A la Carte
 No Honours Class
Admission Requirements
Quantummechanica 1
Quantummechanica 2 (Quantum mechanics),
Fysica v.d. vaste stof (solid state physics),
Statistische Fysica 1and 2
Quantum Theory
Description
The course gives an introduction into the theory of collective quantum phenomena in condensed matter systems. Fundamental concepts such as longrange order, spontaneous symmetry breaking, elementary and topological excitations are introduced. Their use for the understanding of the physical properties of a system is explained on several examples such as crystalline solid, superfluid, normal metal and superconductor.
Course objectives
 To provide students with a working knowledge of the mathematical framework of quantum manybody theory, including the second quantisation formalism, quantum statistical mechanics, linear response theory, and the meanfield theory. – To acquaint the students with the key ideas of quantum liquid phenomenology including spontaneous symmetry breaking, longrange order, elementary excitations, hydrodynamics, and the effective lowenergy Hamiltonians. – To acquaint the students with basic physical characteristics of important quantum manybody systems and explain how their properties follow from the microscopic theory. – To prepare the students to reading modern professional literature on various aspects of quantum manybody physics.
Timetable
Mode of instruction
Lectures and tutorials
Course load
Assessment method
written examination with short questions
Blackboard
Blackboard will be used for the provision of lecture notes, distribution of home assignment worksheets, and announcements.
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCNaccount.Blackboard UL
Reading list A set of lecture notes prepared by the lecturer and
R. Feynman, Statistical Mechanics: A Set of Lectures
C. Kittel, Quantum Theory of Solids
D. Pines, Elementary Excitations in Solids
D.R. Tilley and J Tilley, Superuidity and Superconductivity
P. Nozieres and D. Pines, Theory of Quantum Liquids
M. Tinkham “Introduction to superconductivity”
Contact
Contactdetails Teacher(s):Dr. V. Cheianov (Vadim)
Is part of  Programme type  Semester  Block 

Physics  Master  2 