Condensed Matter Field Theory, WS 2015/16

Prof. Matthias Punk

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 08:30 - 10:00 in room C113, Theresienstr. 41
Tutorials: Mondays 12:30 - 14:00 in room B039, Theresienstr. 39

Prerequisites: Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Solid State Theory, Many-Body Physics

The aim of this course is to learn advanced methods of modern many-body theory and to apply them to various problems in condensed matter physics. A basic knowledge of many-body theory (2nd quantization, Green's functions, Feynman diagrams) is required to follow the course.

Topics:

  1. Keldysh functional integrals
  2. Renormalization group
    (scaling, perturbative renormalization, operator product expansion, functional RG, Kondo effect, superfluid-Mott transition in the Bose-Hubbard model)
  3. Quantum Hall effect
    (integer and fractional quantum Hall effect, Laughlin wavefunction, Chern-Simons field theory)
  4. Spin liquids
    (frustrated magnets, Kitaev's toric code)
  5. Non-equilibrium systems

Useful Literature:

  • A. Altland, B. Simons: "Condensed Matter Field Theory"
  • A. Kamenev: "Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems"
  • J. Cardy: "Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics"
  • E. Fradkin: "Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics"
additional literature on special topics will be announced in the lecture


Credits/Exam:

 
The exam will take place on Fri., 12.2.2016 from 10:00-13:00 in room A449 (Theresienstr. 37).
You can bring books, lecture notes, etc., but no electronic devices.

Contact:

 
Matthias Punk
email: Matthias.Punk@lmu.de
Office: A418
Office hours: Tuesdays between 14:00-16:00