FYS9180 – Condensed Matter Field Theory

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Course content

Path integrals, Quantum phase transitions, Fermions in various
dimensions, Luttinger liquids, The renormalization group, Response
functions, Quantum Hall effect, Topological terms.

Learning outcome

The students should be able to understand research articles and to carry out calculations relevant for condensed matter systems using field theoretical techniques including non-perturbative methods. They should also get a conceptual overview of various phenomena within the renormalization group framework and be able to apply this as a calculational tool. Furthermore, the students should get an understanding of how different experimental probes relate to correlation functions/response functions that can be calculated.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS4430 – Condensed matter physics II, FYS4110 – Modern quantum mechanics or similar courses.


There will be 2 weekly 2 hour lectures for 15 weeks. There will be homework problems which will be discussed in class.


There will be a final oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2011

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every other spring semester

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