The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to the theory of condensed matter physics, with an emphasis on contemporary topics.
Topics include second quantisation, tight binding theory, single electron Green's function, linear response, quantum magnetism, strong electronic correlations, meanfield theory, density functional theory.
The module will focus primarily on theories and their applications to important contemporary topics of condensed matter.
Learning aims & outcomes
After successfully completing this module, students will have a deep and systematic understanding of the basic approaches to understand electronic properties of materials. Students will be equipped to engage with research based knowledge at the forefront of this field. Students will have a comprehensive understanding of the basic techniques and methodology relevant for quantum condensed matter physics (tight binding and Hamiltonian representation, Green's function, mean-field theory, density functional theory) applicable to their own work.
Upon completion of the course students should be able, with critical awareness, to undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge related to electronic properties of materials and communicate the outcome of such analysis effectively. Students will be able to synthesize information in a manner that may be innovative, utilising knowledge and techniques from the forefront of research.
Students will be able to use a range of learning resources and will be able to apply the acquired skills to undertake innovative research tasks with some guidance. They will be independent and self-critical learners, will be able to communicate topics of condensed matter physics clearly and effectively to specialists/non-specialists and to manage their own continuing professional development.
Students will be able to critically use the learned techniques to analyse and comprehend condensed matter systems. Students will be able to operate in complex and specialised contexts that may be at the forefront of knowledge.
There are no formal pre-requisites for this module, although we expect students taking this module to have background knowledge equivalent to the content of the following modules: 5CCP2242 Quantum Mechanics I; 6CCP3221 Quantum Mechanics II and 6CCP3402 Solid State Physics.
Written exam (3 hours) May/June 100%
3 hours of lectures