Tilman Enss | Teaching
as of 15 July 2016
Condensed Matter Theory (MVTheo2)
Summer term 2016
This course introduces the concepts and methods of modern condensed matter theory. In the first part, Green's functions and the diagrammatic technique are used to discuss metals, Fermi liquids and superconductors. The second part covers several advanced topics such as Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum phase transitions, and the Kondo effect. The exercises also show how to compute experimental observables.
- Fermions, bosons, and second quantization
- Electrons in periodic crystals, band structure
- Green's functions and perturbation theory
- Metals: Jellium model, charge excitations, and phonons
- BCS theory of superconductivity
- Bose-Einstein condensation, superfluidity and symmetry breaking
- Magnetism and quantum phase transitions
Dates and Location
Lecture Monday 11.15-13.00h, Philosophenweg 12, kHS [LSF]
and Wednesday 11.15-13.00h, Philosophenweg 12, kHS.
Exercise (Dr. Valentin Kasper) Friday 09.15-11.00h, Phil 12 / kHS.
Please register for the course at this URL for notifications and/or for taking part in the exam; you may unregister yourself before July 18.
- Quantum Mechanics (PTP4)
- Theoretical Statistical Physics (MKTP1) — recommended
- Ashcroft and Mermin, Solid State Physics
- Altland and Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory
- Fetter and Walecka, Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems
- Negele and Orland, Quantum Many-Particle Systems
- Tinkham, Introduction to Superconductivity
- Xiao-Gang Wen, Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems
- Anderson, More is different, Science 177, 393 (1972)
- Sigrist, Lecture notes on Solid State Theory
- for a crash course in statistical physics, see e.g. Fetter/Walecka, ch. 2
The written exam will be held on Monday, 25 July 2016, from 11:15-12:45h. The exam will be graded; those who pass will get 8 credit points. In order to participate in the exam you will need to register for the course at this URL; you may unregister yourself before July 18.