FY8305 - Functional Integral Methods in Condensed Matter Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course is given every other year, next time fall 2016, or 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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2016-12-21 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-05-18 09:00 Storhall del 1
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