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Condensed Matter Theory 2
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5909-22-11-31
Enrollment deadline: 07/01/2022
Date and timeFebruary 2022 - April 2022
Regular seats20
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJens Paaske    E-mail address: paaske@nbi.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 3
Block note1 Block
Scheme groupB
Exam formOral examination
Exam detailsOral examination, 20 min Continuous assessment The evaluation has two components: (a) a written report on a research paper (25%), and (2) a 20 minute oral exam without time for preparation (75%).
Exam aidsWithout aids
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Criteria for exam assessmentsee learning outcome
Censorship formNo external censorship More internal examiners
Exam re-examinationSame format as the regular exam. A report done for the regular exam can be transferred or new one can be written.
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Theory exercises28.00
Project work24.00


The aim of the course is to provide the student with an overview of modern topics in quantum condensed matter systems, including broken symmetry in quantum phases (superconductivity), and to familiarize them with more advanced methods. The course uses both the operator version of many-body physics taught in Condensed Matter Theory 1, and the functional path integral methods, which will be introduced in the course.

Aim and content

Learning outcome

Participants are expected to learn to:

•Explain the mechanism behind formation of a superconducting condensate
•Use mean-field theory in fermionic many-body systems using both the operator and functional integral methods.
•Read and explain to others modern theoretical literature in condensed matter physics

After the course, the student will understand the formulation of many-body physics in the language of coherent state path integrals and will be able to apply this to physical models for systems with broken symmetry, e.g., ferromagnetic or superconducting transitions.


This course will provide the students with a competent background for further studies within this research field, i.e. a M.Sc. project in theoretical condenses matter physics, and it will provide the students with mathematical tools that have application in range of fields within and beyond physics.

Lecture notes and recommended text books to be announced on the course homepage in Absalon.

Target group

This course is offered to both MSc and PhD students. For full course description and MSc sign-up, go to this link.

For PhD sign-up, see remarks below.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, exercises and project work.


Recommended Academic Qualifications:
The student is expected to have followed courses on condensed matter physics and condensed matter theory (up to 22.5 ECTS).

Sign Up:
PhD students should sign up for the course using the credit student application >> here. The course code to enter is NFYK10003U.

For questions re. sign-up, please contact Julie Meier Hansen.

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