Condensed Matter Physics II module (PH52012)

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Condensed matter physics is an evolving field that explores the physical properties of matter. From discovering new quantum phenomena to developing advanced electronic devices, condensed matter physicists are at the forefront of cutting-edge research that has the potential to transform our world.  

In this module you will learn the theoretical concepts that underpin some advanced topics in modern condensed matter physics. 

Topics include: 

  • Normal modes in a chain of classical harmonic oscillators 

  • Quantum treatment of the harmonic chain (phonons) 

  • Second quantisation for bosons and fermions 

  • Tight-binding model 

  • Mott metal-insulator transition 

  • Magnetic excitations in Heisenberg ferromagnets (magnons) 

  • Cooper instability  

  • BCS theory of superconductivity.