SI2600 Condensed Matter Theory 7.5 credits

Kondenserade materiens teori

This course in condensed matter theory treats central principles and computation methods, and covers some of the most recent research problems in the area. The approach is towards reaching important results by direct and intuitive methods, and avoiding unnecessary mathematical complexity. The course focuses on the quantum mechanical treatment of the solid state and covers many problems of current interest such as superconductivity, mesoscopic physics, and the quantum Hall effect. The course discusses methods for computation and making interesting predictions for some of the many complex phenomena that occur in solids and quantum liquids. The course is aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and PhD students in physics and related areas. The course is also aiming at scientists working with applications on electrical properties of materials.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 TNTEM for programme students

Autumn 18 TNTEM for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (7.5 credits)

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  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Egor Babaev <>

  • Teacher

    Egor Babaev <>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • Formulate the many particle problem in second quantized version.
  • Use theoretical methods for the many body problem to solve problems covered in the course.
  • Give an account of the problems in the area that are treated in the course.

Course main content

Second quantization, the electron gas, boson and fermion systems, electron-phonon interactions, superconductivity, transport theory, mesoscopic physics, quantum Hall effect, Kondo effect and heavy fermions.


Recommended prerequisites: Introductory courses in solid state physics (Kittel level), quantum mechanics and statistical physics are required. Quantum mechanics advanced course SI2380 (5A1385) and Statistical physics SI2510 (5A1390) are recommended.


P. L. Taylor and O. Heinonen, A quantum approach to condensed matter physics, Cambridge University Press 2002.


  • INL1 - Assigment, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Homework problems (INL1; 4,5 university credits) and oral examination (TEN1; 3 university credits).

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Egor Babaev (


Egor Babaev <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.