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Syllabus of the course: Basic Concepts of Condensed Matter Physics

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Basic Concepts of Condensed Matter Physics, offered by the Department of Physics.
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Goal of the courseAdvanced Condensed Matter Physics course with emphasis on the concept of broken symmetry in solids, elementary, quasi-particle and collective excitations, energy dispersions dictated by symmetry, low energy effective theories. Electron-electron interaction, electron dynamics, transport theory, magnetism, superconductivity, experimental probes as NMR, neutron scattering.
Syllabus(1) Crystal structure/Bloch theorem, implications of symmetry
(2) Electronic structure, single-e quasi-particle dispersions
(3) Lattice dynamics – phonon collective excitations
(4) e-e interaction/HF/LDA/screening/Hubbard model
(5) Εlectron dynamics
(6) Transport theory
(7) Magnetism, para-,ferro-,antiferro-magnetism, magnons, collective excitations
(8) Superconductivity
(9) NMR, neutron scattering
Bibliography“Solid State Physics, Vol. I”, E. N. Economou, Crete University Press (in greek)
“Solid State Physics” – N. W. Aschcroft and N. D. Mermin
"Solid State physics", I. Harald, Η. Luth (in greek)
"Introduction to Solid state Physics", C. Kittel (in greek)
““Basic Concepts in Condensed Matter Physics”, P.W. Anderson, CRC Press
“Concepts in Solids”, P.W. Anderson, World Scientific
“Principles of the theory of Solids”, J.M. Ziman, Cambridge University Press

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