C7.1 Theoretical Physics (C6) - Material for the year 2020-2021

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External Lecturer(s): 
Prof Sid Parameswaran (MT)
Prof Andrei Starinets (HT)
General Prerequisites: 

A11: Quantum Theory, B7.1 Classical Mechanics, B7.2 Electromagnetism.

Course Term: 
Course Lecture Information: 

Note: This double unit is offered by the Physics Department.

24 lectures in MT and 16 lecture in HT

Course Weight: 
2.00 unit(s)
Course Level: 

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

This course is intended to give an introduction to some aspects of many-particle systems, field theory and related ideas. These form the basis of our current theoretical understanding of particle physics, condensed matter and statistical physics. An aim is to present some core ideas and important applications in a unified way. These applications include the classical mechanics of continuum systems, the quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics of many-particle systems, and some basic aspects of relativistic quantum field theory.

Course Synopsis: 
  1. Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics
  2. Quantum Many-Particle Systems
  3. Phase Transitions
  4. Stochastic Processes
  5. Classical Field Theory
  6. Canonical Quantisation of Fields
  7. Interacting Quantum Fields
Reading List: 

The lecturers are aware of no book that presents all parts of this course in a unified way and at an appropriate level. For this reason, detailed lecture notes will be made available.