Modul physik617

WS 2017-2018

Theoretical Condensed Matter

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Monien

Exercises: Ramses J. Sanchez

In case of having any specific question, feel free to contact us. You can also pass by the office room 1.032b, PI at any time.

About the Lecture

In this lecture you will learn the basic methods to understand the physics of crystalline solids. In particular, we shall investigate the role of electronic correlations in determining the macroscopic properties of solids, as e.g. their conduction properties. To do so we will use concepts ranging from quantum field theory and group theory to statistical mechanics.

The lecture will take place on Tuesdays at 12 and Thursdays from 10 to 12, in the HS of the HISKP.


The basic books are:
  • C. Kittel, Quantum Theory of Solids (1963).
  • N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics (1976).

Two very important books for the prerequisite knowledge of statistical physics are:
  • L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Vol 5: Statistical Physics (1959).
  • R. Feynman, Statistical Mechanics (1972).

And some extra literature for the ambitious student.


We plan to have 10-12 exercise sheets. Please hand in the homeworks during the tutorials.

Note that the students who plan to attend to the examination need to attain at least 50% of tutorial attendance and 50% of the homework points.