Topics in Condensed Matter Theory:
Tuesday & Thursday, 11:20am-12:40pm.
First meeting: Room B131, Tuesday, January 27, 11:20am - 12:40pm
Instructor: Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Abanov,
Office: Physics B102
There are no exams for this class. The final grade will be
based on the grades for homeworks and on presentations made
at the end of the course. For a list of suggested topics for
these presentations see below.
Topics to be covered
- Origins of magnetism
- Spin waves
- Quantum spins through path integral
- Effective field theory description of magnets (non-linear sigma-model)
- Berry phases and theta terms
- Spin chains and ladders
- large N expansion
- RVB, flux phases, spin liquids
I encourage you to choose your own topics for presentations not from my
list. Please, choose your presentation topic (and discuss it with me)
before Thursday, April 22.
Homework #1, due Thursday, February 19
Homework #2, due Thursday, March 4
Homework #3, due Tuesday, March 23
Homework #4, due Tuesday, April 13
Homework #5, due Thursday, April 29
These books are all recommended but not required
K. Yosida, Theory of Magnetism,
Springer-Verlag, Germany, Second corrected printing, 1998.
Robert M. White,
Quantum Theory of Magnetism,
McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1970.
Assa Auerbach, Interacting Electrons and Quantum Magnetism,
Springer-Verlag, New York, 1994.
Eduardo Fradkin, Field Theories of Condensed Matter Systems,
Redwood City, Calif. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1991.
Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics,
Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2003.
A.O. Gogolin, A.A. Nersesyan, A.M. Tsvelik,
Bosonization and Strongly Correlated Systems,
Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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Last updated May 3, 2004