Physics 532: Linear response (Fall 2002)

MWF 9:15-10:05, 501 Reiss

Prof. Jim Freericks

Office: 552 Reiss
Office Hours: by appointment.
Telephone: (202) 687-6159

Course Description

This course is an introduction to Green's functions and dynamical mean field theory. I will concentrate on developing the ideas from an equation of motion approach, using exact results as much as possible. We will cover noninteracting Green's functions, interacting Green's functions, the Falicov-Kimball model, dynamical mean-field theory, linear response and charge-density-wave phases, transport properties and applications to inhomogeneous (layered) systems.

Some Advice

This course will have six homework assignments and a take-home final. Most of the readings come from Economou's Green's Functions in Quantum Physics, Schrieffer's Theory of Superconductivity and original research articles. Assigned reading must be completed before the lecture where the material will be presented.


Homework Schedule

Grading Policy

Last modified October 17, 2002

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