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TVI/TMP-TA1: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics – Overview

  • Overview


Lectures: Tuesdays 12:15 - 13:45 in room B101
              Thursdays 16:15 - 17:45 in room B101

Tutorials: Fridays 12:00 - 14:00 in room A249

Prerequisites: Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics

The aim of this course is to learn about basic theoretical concepts and phenomena in solid state systems

Exam results are available here.

You can inspect your exam (Klausureinsicht) on Friday, 21.2.2020 between 11:00 and 12:30, or on Thursday, 27.2.2020 between 10:00 and 12:00. If you are not available on one of these dates, please send me an email.

Certificates can be collected at our secretary's office (Mrs. Higgen, room A419) from Thursday, 27.2. onwards.

Exam: Mon., Feb. 17th 2020 at 10:00 am in room A348 (see below for details)

Course outline (tentative):

  1. Crystal structure and phonons
  2. Band theory of electrons in solids
  3. Topological Insulators
  4. Basics of Fermi liquid theory
  5. Interacting electrons
  6. Electron transport and the Boltzmann equation
  7. Linear response theory, dielectric properties of solids
  8. Magnetism
  9. Superconductivity

Useful Literature:

N.W. Ashcroft, N.D. Mermin: "Solid State Physics"
P.M Chaikin, T.C. Lubensky: "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics"
G.D. Mahan: "Condensed Matter in a Nutshell"

additional literature on special topics will be announced in the lecture


9 ETCS credits

The written exam will take place on Monday, Feb. 17th 2020 at 10:00 am in room A348 (Theresienstr. 37)

The exam will take 2 hours and you can bring books, scripts, notes, etc., but no electronic devices!

Office Hours:

Wednesdays, 12:00-14:00