Physics 515: Solid State Physics II (Fall 2019)

TWF 10:00-11:50, 501b Reiss Building (TWF)

Prof. Jim Freericks

Office: 552 Reiss
Office Hours: Let me know at any time you need to discuss. I am in most times except Mondays when I visit UMD and many Friday afternoons.
Telephone: (202) 687-6159

Course Description

This course will teach many body physics from a modern perspective. We will begin with a discussion of equilibrium Green's functions for noninteracting models, followed by interacting models, using concrete examples from the dynamical mean-field theory solution to the Falicov-Kimball model. We will cover charge and heat transport, and ordered phase transitions. Next we will describe the theory of superconductivity, leading up to the strong-coupling theory for the transition temperature and for the tunneling conductance. We end with a discussion of path integrals and functional methods, leading up to a description of the Hirsch-Fye algorithm for quantum Monte Carlo. Our learning goals are for you to become proficient in using many-body physics techniques to the point where you can immediately engage in work at the research level upon completing the class. In addition, another goal is to make you practitioners of computational methods.

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Developers of many body physics that we will meet in this course

Bardeen Cooper Falicov Fermi Green Landau Migdal Schrieffer

Some Advice

This course will have 11 homework assignments. There will be no in class exams. Most of the readings come from Economou's textbook Green's functions in quantum physics, from a text I wrote (Freericks Transport in multilayered nanostructures: the dynamical mean-field theory approach), and original research articles. Assigned reading and lecture notes must be completed prior to each class meeting, where we will discuss problems and clear up misconceptions.


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Last modified August 23, 2019

Jim Freericks, Professor of Physics, freericks at physics dot georgetown dot edu