PHYC40200 Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module will introduce methods of many-body quantum mechanics, as applied to condensed matter physics. The fundamental formalism and techniques are presented, with examples of applications to relevant physical systems.
Topics covered include second quantization, spin systems and magnetism, quantum gases, tight-binding models, strongly correlated electrons, scattering theory, Green's functions, topological quantum matter, quantum transport (subject to change).

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Learning Outcomes:

The course introduces the theoretical concepts underlying quantum condensed matter physics. The student will acquire a knowledge of the basic tools used by a theoretical physicist involving many-body quantum mechanics, including tight-binding formalism, Green's functions, quantum transport techniques, quantum phase transitions. The student will be able to apply these techniques to physical problems of relevance in modern condensed matter science.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module comprises 36 hours of lectures, a mini-project, and homework assignments, with a final exam. Tutorial classes are given before and after the mini-projects, and after homework assignments.
The module is hands-on with real demonstrations and applications in lectures and assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: A mini-project and written homework assignments (subject to change) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Examination: Written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are given feedback in class format on continuous assessment components. Individual feedback on project work is provided. Individual feedback can be provided by the module coordinator at any time if sought.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 12:50