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Lectures: Mo & We 15:00-16:30 in Henn 301

Office hours: Mo 17:00-18:00 and by appointment

Course TA: Vedangi Pathak, [BRIM 461C, vedangi(at)phas(dot)ubc(dot)ca ]

Office hours: Tue 16:00-17:00 and by appointment

Textbook (available in the bookstore):

- "Solid State Physics" by Ashcroft & Mermin

- "Quantum Theory of Solids"
**,**2nd Revised Edition by Charles Kittel - "Advanced Solid State Physics" by Phillips

- "A Quantum Approach to Condensed Matter Physics" by Taylor & Heinonen
- "Condensed Matter Physics" by Marder

Grades will be determined based on biweekly assignments, midterm, and the final exam (30/30/40).

Course announcements:

- First lecture will take place on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Lecture notes:

Assignments:

*This can be viewed as a "test assignment". If you can solve it without great difficulty you are ready for this course. If not, then you should take PHYS 474 first.

Working out the assignments is perhaps the single most important aspect of this course, absolutely essential for your understanding of the material. In order to receive credit assignments must be handed in by the end of the lecture on the due date. If you foresee a serious conflict that might prevent you from completing the problems by the due date please let me know ahead of time. I will consider extending the due date if the conflict affects several students in the class. In fairness to other students who completed the assignment on time last minute requests for an extension will not be granted.

Group discussion of Problem Sets is encouraged, but the solutions you hand in must be your own work. This means you should not be looking at anybody's notes or assignment while writing up your solutions and you should not share your completed Problem Set with anybody else. UBC takes academic misconduct (this includes copying of homework, cheating on exams and plagiarism) very seriously, and the penalties are stiff. Please check pages 48-49 and 54-55 of the calendar for official University regulations.

Course outline:

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the fundamental concepts of condensed matter physics. It is assumed that students are familiar with the basic concepts of solid state physics (e.g. crystalline lattices, Bloch bands, Drude model etc.) as covered in a typical undergraduate solid state course such as UBC's PHYS 474. In addition, working knowledge of quantum mechanics, basic statistical physics and thermodynamics will be assumed.

- Introduction: Solids as interacting quantum many-body systems
- Basic Hamiltonian, CM "theory of everything"

- Born-Oppenheimer approximation

- Second quantization for fermions and bosons
- Electrons in solids

- Free electron gas model, Jellium

- Interactions, Hartree-Fock approximation
- Random phase approximation, screening
- Boson systems
- Bogoliubov theory of helium
- Phonons
- Magnons
- Electrons in a periodic potential
- Bloch theorem
- Nearly free and tight binding approximations
- Dynamics of Bloch electrons, metals vs. insulators

- Outline of the Density functional theory
- Semiclassical theory of conduction in metals
- Non-equilibrium distribution function

- Relaxation time approximation
- Electrical and thermal conductivity, thermoelectric effects
- Effects of magnetic fields
- Electron-phonon interactions
- The Frolich Hamiltonian
- Phonon frequencies and Kohn anomaly, Peierls transition
- Polarons and mass enhancement
- Elements of superconductivity
- Origin of the attractive interaction between electrons

- BCS Hamiltonian, pairing instability, Bogoliubov transformation
- Transition temperature, energy gap, ground state wavefunction
- Meissner effect, tunneling experiments, flux quantization and the Josephson effect
- Depending on time and student interest some of the following additional topics may be discussed:
- Introduction to mesoscopic physics
- Quantum Hall effect (integer and fractional)
- Kondo effect
- Basic one-dimensional physics, Luttinger liquids,
bosonization