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Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

About the Course:
The Course deals with the prerequisite material for studying advanced level research in Condensed Matter Physics. The course begins with a preliminary discussion on second quantization, followed by zero temperature and Matsubara Greens functions. Applications to Hubbard model, Kane Mele model and superconductivity are discussed.

Intended Audience:
UG and PG students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering/Engineering Physics/Physics

Solid State Physics Course

Course Instructor:

Dr. Saurabh Basu is a professor at the Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati. The area of expertise is Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, with special emphasis on the correlated boson and fermion systems, topological insulators. He has about 80 research publications in different refereed international journals.
Course Layout

    Week 1: Second quantisation
    Week 2: Applications of second quantisation to free particle systems
    Week 3: Applications: Quantum Theory of magnetism, Hubbard model
    Week 4: Greens functions at zero temperature
    Week 5: Wick’s theorem, Feynman diagrams
    Week 6: Finite temperature Greens functions – Matsubara formalism
    Week 7: Applications of Greens functions to superconductivity
    Week 8: Meissner effect, non-local electrodynamics, BCS theory

Suggested Reading:
  1. Quantum Theory of Many Particle Systems by A.L. Fetter and J.D. Walecka
  2. Many Particle Physics – G.D. Mahan
  3. Quantum Many particle Systems – J.W. Negele and H. Orland
Certification Exam:
  • April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm 
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April. The exact session it will be available in (FN/AN) - we shall inform by first week of January 2018. 
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.
  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score .
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of best 6 out of 8 assignments.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.