This is a
graduate level course in solid state physics: the
goal is to address many-body effects in solid state systems, with a
particular focus on electronic properties. The exact topics covered
depend on the instructor and the interests of the students, but typically may include
the interacting electron gas - Hartree-Fock, RPA, and intro to density-functional theory
dissipation in quantum mechanics - the spin-boson model
topological insulators and/or the quantum Hall effect (hasn't been taught before, but could be if there is interest)
Some prior
knowledge of solid-state physics and quantum mechanics is
assumed. Second quantized notation is introduced in the first week and
then is used extensively, but no
field theory or Green function formalism is used (note that the course
catalog description is out of date in this regard) - the focus is on
physical
phenomenon rather than theoretical techniques.
Prerequisites: A
good quantum mechanics course is essential, such as Phy 312 or 322 (now
764, 765). In addition, some prior study of solid state physics at the undergraduate level is desirable (but not essential). Students who are interested in
taking the course but have not taken these prerequisites are encouraged
to contact the instructor to discuss their situation-- the course has
been successfully completed by students who have studied only part of
the prerequisite material.
Assessment (ie. grades): There are no exams in this
class. The grade is based on problem sets, a final project in which the
student presents a topic to the class, and classroom
participation.
Last modified 11/02/2014 by Harold Baranger