## Physics 515: Solid State Physics II (Fall 2017)

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

**Office: 552 Reiss**

**Office Hours: By appointment.
I am in most times except Mondays when I visit UMD.**

Email: `freericks@physics.georgetown.edu`

**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.

**View this syllabus at
http://site.physics.georgetown.edu/~jkf/many_body_physics/many_body.html.**

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

### Some Advice

This course will have 12 homework assignments and a final assignment. **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.

**Syllabus**

** Homework Schedule**

**Grading Policy**

Last modified August 31, 2017
Jim Freericks, Professor of Physics,
freericks at physics dot georgetown dot edu