SI2600 Condensed Matter Theory, 7.5 hp, F4/PhD, period 2, 2014

General Information


After the course you should be able to:


This course in theoretical condensed matter physics considers central principles and calculation methods. The course focuses on the quantum mechanical and field-theoretic treatment of the solid state and covers a range of current problems. Powerful calculation methods are introduced and used to make relevant predictions for complex phenomena that emerge in solids and quantum liquids. The course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and PhD students in theoretical physics and related areas, and should also be useful for researchers in application areas related to electronic properties of materials.

Main topics: Second quantization, Feynman path integrals, Mean-field theory, Symmetry-based analysis of collective phenomena


Introductory courses in solid state physics (Kittel level), quantum mechanics, and statistical physics are assumed. In addition the courses quantum mechanics SI2380 and statistical physics SI2510, or corresponding courses, are recommended.

Reference textbooks

Main book:
A. Altland and B. Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory, Cambridge
B. Svistunov, E. Babaev, N. Prokof'ev Superfluid States of Matter (Book is in press, will be available electronically or as printouts
M. Tinkham, Introduction to superconductivity, Dover


Egor Babaev, Room A4:1083 in AlbaNova, Email:

Course requirements

The examination consists of two parts: homework problems, and an oral examination. A certain collaboration is allowed in the homework, but individually written solutions must be presented. The limit to pass is that >50% is solved. The oral examination will in part test understanding of the homework solutions and in part test the understanding of the material covered in the lectures. The time for the oral examination is decided individually after the course.