Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. A. Caviglia
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. Y.M. Blanter
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Education Period
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Exam Period
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Expected prior knowledge
We operate in presumption that a student has followed the basic obligatory course of quantum mechanics, and has got an acquaintance with elementary concepts of math, electromagnetism and solid state. The following notions are most important for the course.

1. Math (all courses). Vector and matrix operations.

2. Quantum Mechanics. Notion of the wave function. Quantum-mechanical basis. Eigenfunctions and energy levels. Second order perturbation theory.

It is recommended that the students recall this material before starting with the course.
1. Statistical properties of the Fermi gas. Simulation of electrons in a periodic potential.
2. Scattering and transport in metals.
3. Fermi liquid theory.
4. Fermi liquid theory and magnetism in matter.
5. Magnetism in matter.
6. Landau theory of continuos phase transitions.
7. Phenomenological description of superconductivity and Kondo effect.
8. Microscopic theory of superconductivity.
9. Ginzburg-Landau theory of superconductivity.
10. Quantum matter.
11. Quantum Hall effect.
Course Contents
The course of Advanced Solid State Physics is a part of the Applied Physics master programme at TU Delft.
Study Goals
At the end of this course the students will be able to
1) Discuss modern condensed-matter physics theories and apply these tools to the analysis of the electronic properties of real materials with a particular focus on magnetic and superconducting systems.
2) Describe modern experimental techniques used in condensed-matter physics with an emphasis on spectroscopic and transport techniques.
3) Discuss, criticise and relate modern scientific literature on condensed-matter physics.
Education Method
11 Lectures on condensed matter theory and experiments. Presentations on scientific literature
Literature and Study Materials
N.W. Aschcroft and N.D. Mermin, 'Solid State Physics'. Lecture handouts will be added in the "Course documents" after each lecture.

Reading scheme:

Lecture 1: corresponds to Ch. 16, 17;
Lecture 2: Ch. 12 (pp. 214-217), 13 (244-256);

Lecture 3: Ch. 17 (345-351)
Lecture 4, 5: Ch. 31, 32 (674-684), 33 (698-718);
Lectures 7, 8, 9: Ch. 34

Lectures 6 and 11 are not covered by Aschcroft and Mermin, see Lecture Notes in the "Course documents" folder.
The assessment is performed through a test and two presentations on scientific literature
For students from Leiden University: registration as a guest student is required for blackboard access and registration of grades!
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