Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Theory

Course content

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:

• 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

• 1D interacting models, Luttinger liquids and bosonization

The course will be highly interactive, with a mixture of lectures, problem sessions and discussions led by all participants.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:

Education

MSc Programme in Physics

Learning outcome

Skills
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.

Knowledge
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.

Competences
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.

The course will be highly interactive, with a mixture of lectures, problem sessions and discussions led by all participants.

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Advanced quantum mechanics and condensed matter theory on the level taught in ”Condensed Matter Theory 1” at UCPH.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Restricted elective for specialisation "Quantum Physics". The course is also relevant for PhD students

Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Written feedback will be given about the final report

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
The evaluation has three components:

• Participation in discussion sessions and problem solving sessions (counting up to 25 points)
• Completed problems sets (counting for up to 35 points)
• Final report (counting for up to 40 points)
Passing score is defined as 70 points
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
one internal examiner plus one internal censor.
Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Theory exercises
  • 60
  • Project work
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 96
  • English
  • 206

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NFYK14010U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

1 block

Schedulegroup
A
Capacity
No limit
Studyboard
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Michele Burrello   (16-59756f747178713a6e817e7e7178787b4c7a6e753a77813a7077)
Teacher

Mark Rudner
Karsten Flensberg
Jens Paaske
Brian Møller Andersen

Saved on the 12-06-2019

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