## Physics 515: Solid State Physics II (Fall 2018)

### 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 and many Friday afternoons.**

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. In addition, another goal is to make you practitioners of computational methods.

**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 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.

**Syllabus**

** Homework Schedule**

**Grading Policy**

Last modified August 19, 2018
Jim Freericks, Professor of Physics,
freericks at physics dot georgetown dot edu