Fakultät für Physik




TVI/TMP-TA4: Condensed Matter Field Theory – Overview




Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 08:30 - 10:00 in room B101
Tutorials: Tuesdays 16:00 - 18:00 in room A027 (new time and venue starting from 29.11.)

Prerequisites: Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Solid State Theory, Many-Body Physics

In this course we discuss different types of field theories that arise in condensed matter systems and introduce powerful methods to study them. A basic knowledge of many-body theory (2nd quantization, functional integrals, Green's functions) is required to follow the course.


  1. Introduction
    (basics, review of functional integral formulation of QFT)
  2. Renormalization group
    (scaling, perturbative renormalization, functional RG, Kondo effect, superfluid-Mott transition in the Bose-Hubbard model, Fermi liquid theory)
  3. Quantum Hall effect
    (integer and fractional quantum Hall effect, Laughlin wavefunctions, Chern-Simons field theory)
  4. Non-equilibrium systems
    (Keldysh contour, kinetic equation)

Useful Literature:

A. Altland, B. Simons: "Condensed Matter Field Theory"
J. Cardy: "Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics"
E. Fradkin: "Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics"
A. Kamenev: "Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems"

additional literature on special topics will be announced in the lecture


Please send an email to Prof. Punk to make an appointment for the oral exam

Office Hours:

Tuesday, 12:00-14:00