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Quantum Field Theory for condensed matter

  • 7.5 credits

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.


    Examiner and course responsible:
    Eddy Ardonne, e-mail:

    Maria Hermanns, e-mail:


  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK8018 Spring 2020

  • 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).

  • Contact

    Studievägledare på Fysikum: