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

## General Information

**Course homepage: KTH SOCIAL
https://www.kth.se/social/course/SI2600/**
**Credits:** 7.5 ECTS points.
**Course format:** The course consists of 15 lectures (30
h).
**Language:** English
**Updates:** News, updated information, and course material
is posted
on this web page. Check regularly!
**Lecture notes:** Some lecture notes will be distributed
during the course.

## Aims

After the course you should be able to:
- formulate many body problems in second quantized form.
- use theoretical methods for the many body problem to solve
problems that are covered in the course.
- account for problems in the area treated in the course
- possess theoretical tools to understand large fraction
of modern research literature

## Content

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

## Prerequisites

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

## Lectures

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.