Condensed Matter Theory 2 (CMT2)

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide the student with an overview of modern topics in quantum condensed matter systems, including broken symmetry in quantum phases (superconductivity), and to familiarize them with more advanced methods. The course uses both the operator version of many-body physics taught in Condensed Matter Theory 1, and the functional path integral methods, which will be introduced in the course.


MSc Programme in Physics

Learning outcome

After the course, the student will understand the formulation of many-body physics in the language of coherent state path integrals and will be able to apply this to physical models for systems with broken symmetry, e.g., ferromagnetic or superconducting transitions.


Participants are expected to learn to:

  • Explain the mechanism behind formation of a superconducting condensate

  • Use mean-field theory in fermionic many-body systems using both the operator and functional integral methods.


This course will provide the students with a competent background for further studies within this research field, i.e. a MSc project in theoretical condenses matter physics, and it will provide the students with mathematical tools that have application in range of fields within and beyond physics.

Lectures, exercises and project work.

Lecture notes and recommended text books to be announced on the course homepage in Absalon.

The student is expected to have followed courses on condensed matter physics and condensed matter theory (up to 22.5 ECTS).

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min (no preparation time)
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Same as the ordinary exam

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 121
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Project work
  • 24
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
No limitation – unless you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jens Paaske   (6-76676779716b4674686f34717b346a71)
Saved on the 15-02-2024

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