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Quantum Field Theory for condensed matter

This is an advanced course where the machinery of quantum field theory is applied to condensed matter systems.

In this course we start from second quantization and study quantum field theoretical formulation of many particle theory. The concept of effective action and effective theory, such as mean field theory, is discussed, as well as other important concepts such as linear response theory and Fermi liquid theory. We also study quantum field theory at finite temperature, spontaneous symmetry breaking and phase transitions. Finally, topological effects in many particle systems are introduced.

  • Course structure

    This is a Master's level course, given in half pace during daytime.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and problem solving sessions. There will also be active learning elements, such as small group discussions and/or student presentations.


    Written exam at the end of the course, hand-in exercises, active participation in seminars.


    Eddy Ardonne

    Phone: +468 553 785 96


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Piers Coleman: Introduction to many-body physics (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:

    Johan Carlström, e-mail:

    Tommaso Bertolini, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: