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Physics 568: Quantum Phase Transitions

 

Course Outline


Mean field theory

Critical point: Field theory, scaling, renormalization group

Field theory of the spin-density-wave transition

Transverse-field Ising model

Rotor model

Quantum spins: Kondo systems, Heisenberg antiferromagnets

Bosonic systems

Quantum spin-glass transitions

 

Organization

Lectures T Th 2:30 - 3:45 PM

Homework (60%)

Term paper (30%)

Presentation (10%)

Text: S. Sachdev, Quantum phase transitions

J. Cardy, Scaling and renormalization in statistical physics

 

All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.