Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems
Tuesday, 11:15-13:00; Thursday, 11:15-13:00; (starting on 18/10) INF 227 (KIP), SR 3.403+4. [LSF]
Note (update: 29/09/22): Coronavirus: According to the presently active safety and prevention measures of the university (look here for up-to-date information by the university, as well as Cornelis Dullemond's FAQs to the examination committee) on-site teaching will be continued in the forthcoming winter semester but will be subject to a number of rules. As of April '22, the 3G no longer applies, but students are urgently recommended to wear an FFP2 mask or a medical mask. For any change of these rules consult the above linked web pages.
Lecture format: In this lecture, I plan to make extensive use of online material (videos, quizzes, script), combining it with two on-site sessions per week of 1,5 hrs each (times as indicated above). Registered participants gain access to this material via the internal webpage of the lecture and are asked to prepare for each on-site lecture session, starting with that on Thu, 21/10. The on-site sessions will then serve to discuss further details, the solutions to the quiz questions as well as a further deepening of the subject matter.
Therefore, registration in the exercise system will be required in order to be able to take part in the course. I will send more details to registered participants by email.
The lecture course provides an introduction to field theoretic methods for systems with many degrees of freedom. A focus will be set on applications to ultracold, mostly bosonic, atomic gases, superfluids and superconductors as they are the subject of many fore-front present-day experiments. Methodologically, the lecture will introduce the basics of the operator as well as the path-integral approach to quantum field theory. In applying these techniques I will in particular concentrate on thermal and dynamical properties of the considered systems. Knowledge of the basics of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics is presumed while the course is designed to be self-contained on the quantum-field-theory side.
Quantum field theory of matter
From classical to quantum fields
- Lagrangian and Hamiltonian field theory
- *Constrained quantisation
- Quantisation of the Bose field
- Mode expansion
- Harmonic oscillator
- One- and multiparticle operators
- Fock space
- Identical particles
- Bosons and fermions
- Coherent states
- Wigner function and phase space
- Free systems and Wick's theorem
- Cumulant expansion
Mean-field theory of a weakly interacting Bose gas
Non-linear Schrödinger model
- Bogoliubov quasiparticles
- Phase and Number fluctuations
- Renormalisation of the ground-state energy
- *Low-energy scattering theory
- Ground state: Two-mode squeezing
- *SU(1,1) coherent states
- Thermal Bogoliubov quasiparticles
Path-integral approach to quantum field theory
A quick reminder of the Feynman path integral
- Functional calculus
- Saddle-point expansion and free propagator
- Perturbation expansion, Dyson series, and resummation
- Correlation functions
- Connected functions and cumulants
- Feynman diagrammatics
- Low-energy effective theory
- Linear-response theory
- Retarded and advanced Greens functions
- Spectral and statistical functions
- Thermal path integral
- *The quantum effective action
- *Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking
Low-temperature properties of dilute Bose systems
Path-integral representation of the interacting Bose gas
- Ginsburg-Landau theory of spontaneous symmetry breaking
- The Luttinger-liquid description
- Superfluid phase transition and spontaneous symmetry breaking
- Nambu-Goldstone theorem
- *The Lieb-Liniger model of a one-dimensional Bose gas
- Superfluid phase in low dimensions
- Superfluids at non-zero temperatures
- Dimensionally reduced path integral
- Hydrodynamic formulation and vortices
- Thomas-Fermi approximation
- The Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition
- *Superfluid to Mott insulator transition
- *Superfluidity and superconductivity
- *Anderson-Higgs mechanism
Quantum Mechanics (PTP 3), Statistical Mechanics (PTP 4); Quantum Field Theory I or Quantum Optics (useful but not a precondition)
The notes will available for download here.
The Script of the lecture on QFT of Many-Body Systems in WT 21/22 can be downloaded here.
General texts on quantum field theory
Brian Hatfield, Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings. Addison Wesley, Oxford, 2010. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
Michael E. Peskin, Daniel V. Schroeder An introduction to quantum field theory. Westview, Boulder, 2006. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
Xiao-Gang Wen, Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems. OUP, Oxford, 2010. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell. Princeton UP, 2010. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
Gabriel Barton, Elements of Green's functions and propagation. Clarendon, Oxford, 2005. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
Quantum optics and phase-space methods
S.M. Barnett, P.M. Radmore, Methods in Theoretical Quantum Optics. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1997. [ HEIDI ]
C.W. Gardiner, Quantum Noise. 2nd Ed. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2000. [ HEIDI ]
L. Mandel, E. Wolf, Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics. CUP, Cambridge, 2008 (ISBN 0-521-41711-2). [ HEIDI ]
W.P. Schleich, Quantum Optics in Phase Space. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2001. [ HEIDI ]
M.O. Scully, M.S. Zubairy, Quantum Optics. CUP, Cambridge, 2008. [ HEIDI | Google Books ]
Ultracold atomic gases: General texts and theory reviews
N. P. Proukakis, D. W. Snoke, P. B. Littlewood (Eds.), Universal Themes of Bose-Einstein Condensation. CUP, Cambridge, 2017. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
A. Griffin, D. W. Snoke, S. Stringari (Eds.), Bose-Einstein condensation. CUP, Cambridge, 2002. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
C.J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein condensation in Dilute Gases. CUP, Cambridge, 2002. [ Google books | HEIDI | Full Text ]
A. Leggett, Quantum Liquids: Bose Condensation and Cooper Pairing in Condensed-matter Systems. OUP Oxford, 2006. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
A. Leggett, Bose-Einstein condensation in the alkali gases: Some fundamental concepts. Review of Modern Physics 73, 307 (2001).
L.P. Pitaevskii and S. Stringari, Bose-Einstein condensation. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2003. [ Google books | HEIDI ]
F. Dalfovo, S. Giorgini, L. P. Pitaevskii, and S. Stringari, Theory of Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped gases. Review of Modern Physics 71, 463 (1999).
A. Fetter, Theory of a dilute low-temperature trapped Bose condensate. arXiv.org:cond-mat/9811366 (1998).
Ultracold atomic gases: A few original experimental perspectives
Few-body scattering theory
K. Burnett, P.S. Julienne, P.D. Lett, E. Tiesin, and C.J. Williams, Quantum encounters of the cold kind. Nature (London) 416, 225 (2002).
J. Dalibard, Collisional dynamics of ultra-cold atomic gases. Proc. Int. School Phys. Enrico Fermi, Course CXL: Bose-Einstein condensation in gases, Varenna 1998, M. Inguscio, S. Stringari, C. Wieman edts.
C.J. Joachain, Quantum Collision Theory. North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1983. [ HEIDI | Scribd Full Text ]
L.D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Quantum Mechanics. Non-relativistic theory. (see Chapters XVII & XVIII.) Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1977. [ HEIDI | Online Full Text ]
R.G. Newton, Scattering Theory of Waves and Particles. Dover publications, 2002. [ HEIDI | Google Books ]
F. Schwabl, Quantum Mechanics. Springer, 2007. [ HEIDI | Google Books ]
Non-equilibrium quantum field theory and quantum kinetic theory
L.P. Kadanoff and G. Baym, Quantum statistical mechanics. Addison-Wesley, Redwood City, 1989. [ HEIDI ]
Jørgen Rammer, Quantum field theory of non-equilibrium states. CUP, Cambridge, 2007. [ Online edition | HEIDI ]
J. Berges, Introduction to nonequilibrium quantum field theory, AIP Conf. Proc. 739, 3 (2005); arXiv.org: hep-ph/0409233 .
P. Danielewicz, Quantum Theory of Nonequilibrium Processes, Annals of Physics 152, 239 (1984) .
M. Bonitz, Quantum kinetic theory. Teubner, Stuttgart, 1998. [ Contents | HEIDI ]
E. Calzetta and B.-L. Hu, Nonequilibrium quantum field theory. CUP, Cambridge, 2008. [ Online fulltext | HEIDI ]
T. Gasenzer, Ultracold gases far from equilibrium. Eur. Phys. Journ. ST 168, 89 (2009); arXiv: 0812.0004 [cond-mat.other] .
T. Langen, T. Gasenzer, J. Schmiedmayer, Prethermalization and universal dynamics in near-integrable quantum systems. JSTAT 064009 (2016); arXiv:1603.09385 [cond-mat.quant-gas] .
Exercises will be held in general (exceptions posted above) on Fridays, 14:15-16:00 hrs, on-site, starting on 28/10/22. Tutor: Niklas Rasch (Please register here.)
The problem sets will available for download here.
Passing the written exam, which will take place on 16/02/2023, 11:15-13:15 hrs, SR 3.403+4, will be the condition to obtain 8 CPs for the lecture.