FY8305 - Functional Integral Methods in Condensed Matter Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100

Course content

The course is 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.

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
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring UTS Written examination 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





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