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PHY 680: Condensed Matter Physics II

 Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor:  Dr. Alexander Meyerovich

Semester: Spring in alternate years
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHY525, PHY570, PHY580, PHY670 (or concurrent enrollment)

Catalog Description:Interacting systems. Green’s functions. Diagrammatic methods. Applications to superconductivity. Fluctuations. Functional integration Generalized susceptibility and dielectric response. Fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Structure function

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand various important topics of advanced modern condensed matter physics
  • Use new mathematical methods and applications
  • Further develop physics intuition, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Conduct advanced physics research on a better foundation

Course Description

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Green’s functions
  • Zero-temperature and finite-temperature Feynman diagrams for Fermi systems
  • Superconductivity
  • Second order phase transitions
  • Generalized susceptibility and linear response
  • Fluctuations

Homework 50% (due in 10 days after it is assigned; 5 point off for each business day after deadline), Midterm(s) 20%, Final exam/project 30%

Detailed Course Syllabus,homework, due dates, and the grading scheme for Spring 2017:  Here

Contact Information:  Dr. Alexander Meyerovich

 

LEC: (3 crs.) Interacting systems. Green’s functions. Diagrammatic methods. Applications to superconductivity. Fluctuations. Functional integration Generalized susceptibility and dielectric response. Fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Structure function. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 530 and 580 or permission of instructor.

 

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