NFYK14010U Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Theory
MSc Programme in Physics
In this course, we will cover selected topics in condensed matter theory at an advanced and in-depth level.
Specific topics will vary from year to year. Typical selections will include:
• Renormalization group for condensed matter systems
• 1D interacting models, Luttinger liquids and bosonization
• Overview of the Sine-Gordon model and the BKT phase transition
• Quantum phase transitions and the Ising model
• Majorana modes and topological superconductors
• Berry’s phase
• Topological insulators
• Topological order, anyons and topological quantum computation
• Quantum Hall physics
The course will be highly interactive, with a mixture of lectures, problem sessions and discussions led by all participants.
In this course, the students will learn to think like researchers. This includes getting into a new topic by reading original research papers, learning to identify new questions, and distilling key physical principles at play in complex phenomena. In particular, each student will investigate a specific topic, carrying out detailed calculations and writing a final report on his/her understanding and findings.
At the end of the course, the student will know the fundamentals of the year’s selected topics and their connections to other areas of modern physics. The knowledge will be at a level such that the participants will be prepared to follow and conduct research in the given area.
After this course the students will be experienced in a method for starting research in a new area. They will be able to extract the needed information from existing literature and to think about new directions for the research area in question.
to be announced
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- Project work
Written feedback will be given about the final report
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentThe evaluation is based on the following assignments:
• Problems sets (counting for up to 30 points)
• Final report (counting for up to 30 points)
To pass the exam the student must score at least 15 points in both the problem sets and report and at least 35 points in total
- Exam registration requirements
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
one internal examiner plus one internal censor.
New final report and oral exam.
If a student fails to qualify for the exam due to lack of attendance, he/she may qualify for the re-exam by orally presenting his/her solutions to the final problem set to the instructor, working through the solutions on the board.
Criteria for exam assesment
see learning outcome