8.512 Theory of Solids II
Second term of a theoretical treatment of the physics of solids. Interacting electron gas: many-body formulation, Feynman diagrams, random phase approximation and beyond. General theory of linear response: dielectric function; sum rules; plasmons; optical properties; applications to semiconductors, metals, and insulators. Transport properties: non-interacting electron gas with impurities, diffusons. Quantum Hall effect: integral and fractional. Electron-phonon interaction: general theory, applications to metals, semiconductors and insulators, polarons, and field-theory description. Superconductivity: experimental observations, phenomenological theories, and BCS theory.
This class has 8.511 as a prerequisite.
8.512 will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by L. Levitov.
Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-159.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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