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Delta ITP

ITP Utrecht

  DELTA ITP

ADVANCED TOPICS IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS II (FALL 2017)

NON-EQUILIBRIUM QUANTUM FIELD THEORY



Summary
This fall's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced (2nd year) Masterís students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of "Non-equilibrium quantum field theory".
Lectures will take place on Mondays at 11:15-13:00, followed by a study/exercise session 13:45- end.
The location of this semester's course rotates between the three institutes. The first module is in Utrecht. Directions to each institute can be found here: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden.
The course will be divided into three 5-week modules; for each one there are four lectures (2hrs each) and four exercise sessions (4hrs each). At the end of the module there is an exam. All exams are pass/fail. You need to pass all three exams to receive credit for the course.

Please register here for the course; also register if you do not take the course for credit. Note also that we cannot process your grade if you are not registered.

Travel Cost Reimbursement:
Students who do not have an OV-card from the Dutch government can have their travel costs reimbursed from Delta ITP.

Please contact your local organizer (below) for details.

List of participants



Module 1: Introduction to non-equilibrium QFT
Tomislav Prokopec (UU)
Lectures: Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2 (from 11-14, incl. lunch break)
Exam: Oct 9 (13-17 hrs) in BBG 7.12
Location/Room: Buys Ballot Building, Princetonplein 5, room 7.12, Utrecht

Abstract: In this mini-course we shall discuss basics of non-equilibrium quantum physics. For simplicity, to a large extent we shall develop the relevant concepts in quantum mechanical systems and then indicate how our results generalize to quantum field-theoretic setting. We shall cover the following topics:

* The density operator and entropy
* Propagators and two-point functions
* The Schwinger-Keldysh or the in-in formalism
* Applications

Module 2: Non-equilibrium QFT in condensed matter
Vadim Cheianov (UL)
Lectures: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Exam: Nov 13
Location/Room: Niels Bohrweg 2, Huygens Laboratory, room HL 226, Leiden

Abstract: This module will focus on applications of quantum theory of non-equilibrium processes in condensed matter systems.
* Quantum tunneling
* Quantum impurity problems
* Transport in disordered systems
* Superconductors

Module 3: Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Ben Freivogel (UvA)
Lectures: Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Exam: Dec 18, Room G2.10
Location/Room: Nikhef, Science Park 105, room H.331, Amsterdam

Abstract: This module will focus on techniques and results from quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, such as the real world. Important applications we will cover include:
-Quantum fluctuations during inflation that generate the temperature fluctuations in the CMB;
-Hawking radiation from black holes and the black hole information paradox.



Contact:

Dr. Enrico Pajer
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Utrecht University
Princetonplein 5
3584 CC Utrecht
tel: +31 30 253 5906
e-mail: e.pajer@uu.nl

Prof. Koenraad Schalm
Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics
Leiden University
Niels Bohrweg 2
2335 CA Leiden
email: kschalm@lorentz.leidenuniv.nl

Dr. Wouter Waalewijn
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 525 3204
e-mail: w.j.waalewijn@uva.nl



Last update: 14-09-2017, 11.23