Quantum Many-Body Physics

Winter 2021/22

Lecturer: Frank Pollmann
Teaching Assistants: Stefan Birnkammer, Markus Drescher, Leo Liu

Lectures: Mon. 9:00-10:30, Wed. 11:00-12:30
(Zoom/Life Session at ZNN Seminar Room) 

Tutorials: TBD

This course provides a modern introduction to many-body physics. It covers basic theoretical methods and their application to various problems of condensed matter theory, such as the weakly interacting Bose gas, interacting electron gas, Fermi liquid theory, and superconductivity. Toward the end we will also branch out to study generic features in the far-from equilibrium quantum dynamics of strongly correlated quantum matter. Throughout the class relations between experiments and theory will be emphasized. This course will provide students the basic knowledge to follow state-of-the-art research in condensed matter physics and to be able to start their independent research project in that field.

The course will be offered this semester at the announced times and will be gien via Zoom. Further details will be sent by email to all participants registered in campus online. Please sign up online to be able to receive the latest information. The course material including lecture notes and excercises will be posted on moodle.


(1.1) Mean-field theory
(1.2) Landau theory of phase transitions
(1.3) Quantum phases of matter
(1.4) Second Quantization

Functional Field Integrals
(2.1) Feynman's Path Integral in Single-particle QM
(2.2) Bosonic and Fermionic Coherent States
(2.3) Functional Field Integrals for the Partition Function

Weakly Interacting Bose Gas
(3.1) Non-interacting bosons
(3.2) Weakly interacting bosons
(3.3) Consequences of a broken continuous symmetry
(3.4) Superfluidity
(3.5) Quantum disorder in one dimension
(3.6) Thermal disorder and BKT transition

Linear Response Theory
(4.1) Response functions
(4.2) Fluctuation-dissipation relations
(4.3) Analytic Properties of Correlation Functions
(4.4) Sum rules

Fermi-Liquid Theory
(5.1) The non-interacting Fermi gas
(5.2) Quasi-particle excitations
(5.3) Interacting fermion Greens functions and self energy
(5.4) Landau's phenomenological approach
(5.5) Dynamical properties of a Fermi liquid

The interacting electron gas
(6.1) Hartree-Fock Approximation
(6.2) Coulomb interactions

(7.1) The basic phenomenon
(7.2) Anderson-Higgs Mechanism
(7.3) Flux quantization and vortices in superconductors
(7.4) BCS theory from functional field integrals
(7.5) Microscopic derivation of the Ginzburg-Landau theory

Quantum Magnetism

(8.1) Spin exchange
(8.2) The Hubbard model and its descendents
(8.3) AFM mean field theory at half filling
(8.4) Spin-wave theory of Quantum magnets



P. Coleman, Introduction to Many-Body Physics
J. Negele & H. Orland, Quantum Many-particle Systems
A. Altland & B. Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory 
T. Giamachi, Quantum Physics in One Dimension 
E. Fradkin, Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics 
X.-G. Wen, Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems