FY8305 - Functional Integral Methods in Condensed Matter Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course is only given upon agreement with lecturer. The course gives an introduction to the application of functional integral methods to quantum mechanical many-body problems. Coherent states. Grassmann algebra. Gaussian integrals. Feynman path integrals along imaginary time. Generating functional. Green's functions. Matsubara sums. Functional bosonization of fermion theories. Saddle point approximation. Applications.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to obtain insight into functional integral methods, and how these can be applied to solve many-body problems within condensed matter theory. The course is well suited for PhD-students who want an introduction to advanced and moderm methods of treating quantum many-body systems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquia, or guided self study, depending on the number of students in the course. Calculation exercises. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Physics (PHFY)

Course materials

John W. Negele and Henri Orland: Quantum Many-Particle Systems, Addison-Wesley, 1988. A. Sudbø: Compendium 1996.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIF4986 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Solid State Theory
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2023-11-24 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 1

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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