Office Address: Department of Physics
TA: Mr. Xiao Chen
Welcome to Physics 561, Condensed Matter Physics II! This course is the sequel to Physics 560, Condensed Matter Physics I. In that course you studied Condensed Matter Systems in regimes in which correlations and fluctuations do not play a significant role. Thus, much of the theory of electrons in metals that you studied in that course assumed that the electrons are free. Such one-electron theories are successful in may regimes but fail in many others. For example one-electron theories cannot explain screening in metals or the origin of superconductivity (regardless of whether Tc is high or low!). Similarly, non-interacting theories also fail in low dimensions or in systems in which external fields restrict the kinematics of the particles. In this course we will be interested in the understanding of strongly coupled and fluctuating systems and with the theoretical tools required to treat such problems. I will assume that you are fully familiar with the language and methods of second quantization, which are discussed in great detail in our second graduate course in Quantum Mechanics, Physics 581. I will also assume that you are familiar with the material of the Condensed Matter Physics I course, Physics 560. You should be aware that these two courses are a prerequisite for this course. I will not assume that the students are familiar with methods of quantum field theory at the level of Physics 582. However, students who are already with this material will profit more of this course.
Below you will find a detailed Course Plan (or Syllabus) for Physics 561. It is divided in items and there you will find links to my class notes. I will post them as they become available. You will also find links to the homework sets and to their solutions. There will be a total of five homework sets (more or less). The homeworks are very important. There you will find many applications to different problems in various areas of Condensed Matter Physics. You will not be able to master the subject unless you do (and discuss) the problem sets. There will not be a midterm exam. There will be a Final Exam in the form of a Term paper and an oral presentation.
of a paper in LaTeX: latex file, pdf file
Last updated 12/11/2015