Syllabus PHYS 625 "Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics" Spring 2015

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Course Information
Course title: Non-relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Course number: PHYS 625, 3 credits
Course discipline: Physics
Course description: Non-relativistic second quantization, single particle Green's function, perturbation theory, linked cluster expansion, Feynman diagrams; applications to imperfect Fermi gases; superconductivity.
Course dates: Monday, January 26, 2015 through Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Location: Room 1219, Physics Building
Meeting day and time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 - 9:50 am
Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites: PHYS 623
Name: Victor M. Yakovenko, Professor of Physics
E-mail: yakovenk (at) physics (dot) umd (dot) edu
Office location: Room 2115 at Physics Building
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 - 11 am
Office phone: 301-405-6151
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Teaching Assistant
Name: Kanupriya (Kanu) Sinha
E-mail: kanu (a) umd (dot) edu
Office location: Room 3264 at Physical Sciences Complex (PSC)
Office hours: By appointment
Office phone: 301-405-3469
Required reading: Radi A. Jishi
Feynman Diagram Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics
Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN 9781107655331, 416 pages,
Recommended reading: Henrik Bruus and Karsten Flensberg
Many-Body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Physics
Oxford University Press (Oxford Graduate Texts), 2004, ISBN 9780198566335, 466 pages,
Recommended reading: Alexander L. Fetter and John Dirk Walecka
Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems
Dover, 2003, ISBN 978-0486428277, paperback, 640 pages,
Recommended reading: Gerald D. Mahan, Many-Particle Physics
Springer, 3rd edition, 2000, ISBN 978-0306463389, 785 pages,
Recommended reading: Alexander Altland and Ben D. Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory
Cambridge University Press, 2rd edition, 2010, ISBN 9780521769754, 783 pages,
Honorable mention: Leonid S. Levitov (MIT) and A. V. Shytov
Green's functions: problems and solutions
in Russian only, 2008, ISBN 978-5-9221-0098-4, 392 pages,
Homework, Exams, and Grades
Homework: Homework assignments will be posted on ELMS weekly and will be due in one week. Homework must be uploaded online through ELMS in PDF format. Submissions on paper will not be accepted. Homework scores will be kept on ELMS online. Solutions will be posted on ELMS. Late homework cannot be accepted after solution has been posted.
Exams: The final exam will be a take-home exam, due on Monday, May 18, 2015 by 10 am.
Grades: The final grade will be based on your scores for homework and the final exam counted together.
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