402-0515-00L  Condensed Matter Physics: Modern Topics

SemesterSpring Semester 2015
LecturersB. Batlogg
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

AbstractStudents will be introduced to selected current "hot" topics of modern condensed matter physics research. We will discuss: conceptual questions, methods, interplay between experiment and theory.
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide an introduction to current "hot topics" of condensed matter physics. Conceptional questions will be addressed, experimental methods will be mentioned, and the connection to the relevant materials will be made. The interplay between theoretical and experimental contributions will be highlighted.

Audience: Students of Physics, Materials Science, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences.
ContentExamples of topics to be discussed include ( suggestions for other topics are welcome): superconductivity: materials and mechanisms ; graphene and carbon nano-tubes ; cuprate and Fe-based superconductors ; organic semiconductors ; Fermi liquids and Non-Fermi liquids ; quantum phase transitions ; metal - insulator transitions ; topological insulators ; Anderson localization ; Fermi surface : ARPES and quantum oscillations
Lecture notesHand-outs will be distributed during the course.
LiteratureReferences to original literature and review articles will be disributed.
Prerequisites / NoticeDepending on the student's preference, this course will be held in German and/or in English.
This course is given by an experienced experimental physicist, who has been working in a wide range of topics in condensed matter physics. He will be glad to consider requests for discussion of additional topics.