- University of Siegen - Department of Physics - Theoretical Quantum Optics Group -
Lectures: H. Chau Nguyen (email)
Exercises: Jens Borgermeister (email)
Time and place: 8-10 Friday, Online (Lectures); 16-18 Thursday, Online (Exercises);
- Basic quantum mechanics
- Linear algebra and analysis
- General overview of condensed matter physics
- CMP phases, crystals and their symmetry, X-ray scattering
- Phonons, thermal properties, neutron scattering, the Moessbauer's effect
- Electron in the lattices, band-gap theory, tight-binding models, topology
- Basic theory of transport, Hall effect
- Quantum transport, Anderson localisation, quantum Hall effect
- Basic aspects of interacting models
Chapter 1: Introduction to condensed matter physics
Chapter 2: The role of ground state and excitations
Chapter 3: Crystal structure, X-ray scattering and the reciprocal lattices
Chapter 4: Symmetry of crystals
Chapter 5: Oscillatory excitations of crystals - phonons
Chapter 6: Electronic degree of freedom
- Steven M. Girvin and Kun Yang, "Modern condensed matter physics," Cambridge University Press 2019.
This is a modern approach to condensed matter theory, which is also the approach I adopted for this course.
The contents of the course are however adapted/simplified so that it is suitable also for advanced undergraduate students.
- Ashcroft and Mermin, "Solid state physics," Thomson 1976.
This is a somewhat more traditional approach to solid state physics. Occasionally I use this to supply more intuition when necessary.
- Steven H Simon, "The Oxford Solid state basics," Oxford 2019.
Although we do not adopt this approach to our course, it is still a good reference to learn more physical intuition.
- Alexander Zagoskin, "Quantum theory of Many-body systems," Springer 2014.
One can use the first chapters somehow to have a big and coherent picture from single-particle theory to many-particle theory,
although most of the time in this course we stay in the single-particle theory.
- Alexander Altland and Ben Simons, "Condensed Matter Field Theory," Oxford 2007.
This is somewhat advanced for our purpose. Yet, here and there one can find good physical insights in the discussions of various physical phenomena.