2017 Condensed Matter Physics II

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Undergraduate major in Physics
Koga Akihisa  Murakami Syuichi 
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Tue1-2(H104)  Fri1-2(H104)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on some topics in the condensed matter physics. The basic methods applicable to interacting electron systems are explained and the magnetism in the system is explained. Furthermore, the physics of the spin current and topological insulators are explained. Experimental facts for superconductivity are reviewed and BCS theory is explained.
Through this course, students will understand various interesting physical phenomena in crystals, and how they are observed in

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) explain the magnetism and superconductivity characteristic of interacting electron systems
2) explain the spin current and topological insulator in the system with spin-orbit interaction


magnetizm, superconductivity, spin currenet, topological insulator

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

To prepare for class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 electron correlations and Hartree approximation Understand electron correlations
Class 2 Hartree-Fock approximation and exchange interaction Understand the treatment of electron correlations
Class 3 Ferromagnetic metal Understand the mechanism of the ferromagnetic metal
Class 4 local magnetic moment and antiferromagnetism Understand the magnetism
Class 5 spin current Understand the spin current
Class 6 properties of spin current Understand the properties of spin current
Class 7 spin-orbit interaction and spin-Hall effect Understand spin-orbit interaction and spin-Hall effect
Class 8 topological insulator Understand the properties of the topological insulator
Class 9 Superconductivity Understand the properties of the superconductivity
Class 10 phonon and electron-phonon interactoin Understand the phonon and electron-phonon interactoin
Class 11 Cooper pairs Understand the Cooper pairs
Class 12 BCS model Derive the BCS model
Class 13 transition temperature and McMillan formula Understand the transition temperature and McMillan formula
Class 14 various superconductors and their mechanism Understand various superconductors and their mechanism
Class 15 topological superconductor Understand the topological superconductor


Text book specified by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Textbook specified by the instructors.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams.

Related courses

  • PHY.C340 : Basic Solid State Physics
  • PHY.C341 : Condensed Matter Physics I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary.

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