Latest update: January 20, 2000

Many-Particle Physics

Many-Particle Physics: 5.0p, lp III and lp IV
Examinator: Dr. Jari Kinaret Department of Applied Physics

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General information regarding the course

The course focuses on the techniques used in many-particle physics. We will cover the traditional condensed matter formalism using mostly Mahan's book, and we will even familiarize ourselves with the more modern path integral formalism using the book by Negele and Orland. Additional reference books are (i) Fetter and Walecka, (ii) Abrikosov, Gorkov, and Dzyaloshinski, (iii) Doniach and Sondheimer, and (iv) Nozières.

The course requires a fair amount of student involvement and preparation. In particular, I will lecture only every second (odd) week, and every second (even) week one of the participants will give a lecture on the topic of the week. The lecturer will be chosen randomly, and he or she will be notified 24h before the lecture. The intention is that this way we will all be well prepared and are more likely to digest the material more easily.

The course will also contain some homework problems, typically one problem per week. Since there is no course assistant assigned to the course, we will meet once every two weeks to discuss the home problems. Each problem will be presented by a randomly chosen participant.

Finally, some special topics will only be covered by student projects. The projects will be presented in a series of seminars at the end of the course.

The course has no traditional exam, instead, a passing grade requires a satisfactory participation in all the different aspects of the course.

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Problem sessions:
Project presentations: More detailed program is available
here as a PostScript file.

First lecture: Thursday, January 20, at 14.15 in F6217
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Contact information



Dima Fedorets
Johan Carlsson
Andreas Käck
Klas Engström
Andreas Isacsson
Sara Blom
Carlo Ruberto
Staffan Ovesson
Alex Kleiner
Anders Hellman
Henrik Rydberg
Fredrik Olsson
Nicolas Lorente
Tobias Ambjörnsson

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  • G.D. Mahan: Many-Particle Physics
  • J.W. Negele and H. Orland: Quantum Many-Particle Systems

  • Transparencies from lectures (use "Swap landscape" or rotate your monitor):
    Home problems that are not from Mahan or Negele and Orland: Back to the top