A222
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Description: 

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.

Aim: 
Modern introduction to theoretical concepts and techniques of condensed matter physics
Detailed Syllabus: 
  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: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
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