Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

By Prof. Saurabh Basu   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1337
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
Pre-requisites : Solid State Physics Course
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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

Books and references

  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

Instructor bio

Prof. Saurabh Basu

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Saurabh Basu is a professor at the Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati. The area ofexpertise is Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, with special emphasis on the correlatedboson and fermion systems, topological insulators. He has about 90 research publicationsin different refereed international journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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