Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

In this course, we introduce fundamental theoretical concepts for the description of many-body systems in solids. A particular emphasis will be put on the quantum mechanical formulation, first principles electronic structure methods as well as optical and transport properties.

Modern introduction to theoretical concepts and techniques of condensed matter physics
Course Content: 
  1. Introduction
  2. Concept of a solid
  3. Lattice vibrations and phonons
  4. Electrons in crystals
  5. Electron-phonon interaction
  6. Ab-initio electronic structure methods
  7. Electronic transitions and optical properties
  8. Transport phenomena
  9. Superconductivity
  10. Magnetism
  11. Low-dimensional systems and nanostructures
  12. Topological quantum materials
Course Type: 
Text Book: 
Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics, by M. L. Cohen, S. G. Louie, (2016) Cambridge University Press
A Quantum Approach to Condensed Matter Physics, by P. L. Taylor, O. Heinonen (2002) Cambridge University Press
Condensed Matter Physics, by M. P. Marder (2015) Wiley
Reference Book: 
Solid State Physics, by Neil W. Ashcroft, N. David Mermin, (1976) Cengage Learning
Introduction to Many-Body Physics, by P. Coleman (2016) Cambridge University Press
Electronic Structure: Basic Theory and Practical Methods, by R. M. Martin, (2008) Cambridge University Press
Prior Knowledge: 

Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics (see courses A216 and ideally A217)

Ideally taught after Condensed Matter A218