8.513 Many-Body Theory for Condensed Matter Systems


Class Info

Concepts and physical pictures behind various phenomena that appear in interacting many-body systems. Visualization occurs through concentration on path integral, mean-field theories and semiclassical picture of fluctuations around mean-field state. Topics covered: interacting boson/fermion systems, Fermi liquid theory and bosonization, symmetry breaking and nonlinear sigma-model, quantum gauge theory, quantum Hall theory, mean-field theory of spin liquids and quantum order, string-net condensation and emergence of light and fermions.

This class has 8.05, 8.08, 8.033, and 8.231J as prerequisites.

8.513 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by X. Wen.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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