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Courses of the Masters Program Theoretical Physics 2012/2013

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Courses of the Masters Program Theoretical Physics 2011/2012

Period 1 and 2 (week 37 - 05)
 
NS-TP401M Quantum Field Theory
NS-TP402M Statistical Field Theory
NS-TP428M General Relativity
NS-TP451M Kramers course: Density Functional Theory: Classical and Quantum
NS-TP501M Student Seminar Theoretical Physics
NS-TP502M Theoretical Physics Colloquium

Period 3 and 4 (week 06 - 25)
 
NS-TP432M Modeling and simulation
NS-TP433M Field theory in condensed matter
NS-TP526M String theory
NS-TP529M Field theory in particle physics
NS-TP502M Theoretical Physics Colloquium

For more information on the TP Master program, please check the study program webpage.

You can find the examination dates here.
The course schedules and classrooms can be found here.
 
 NS-TP401M: Quantum Field Theory
 
 literature lecture notes, book
 period 1-2
 credits 10 ECTS
 language English
 lecturer prof. dr. R. Loll, tel.: 253 5903,  e-mail: R.Loll@uu.nl, MG 413
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Osiris course page

Quantum field theories emerged from the confluence of quantum mechanics and special relativity, and provide an amazingly accurate theoretical framework for describing the behaviour of subatomic particles and forces. This course will give an introduction into quantum field theory, both conceptually and technically. Canonical and covariant quantization methods will be discussed, with an emphasis on the path integral formulation, which finds manifold applications in both particle physics and condensed matter systems. Topics covered include the quantum-mechanical path integral, the quantization of bosonic and fermionic fields, functional techniques involving generating functionals and correlators, and perturbation theory in terms of Feynman diagrams.

 NS-TP402M: Statistical Field Theory
 
 literature Henk T.C. Stoof, Dennis B.M. Dickerscheid and Koos Gubbels, Ultracold Quantum Fields (Springer)
 period 1 - 2
 credits 10 ECTS
 language English
 prerequisite basic knowledge of statistical physics (TF2 or equivalent)
 lecturer dr. R.A. Duine, tel.: 253 2289, e-mail: R.A.Duine@uu.nl, MG 310
 schedule/
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The course gives an introduction to the use of field-theoretical methods for a description of the equilibrium properties of many-body systems. The effects of both classical and quantum fluctuations are treated by methods involving many-body wave functions, diagrammatic expansions, and Hubbard-Stratonovich transformations. Particular topics discussed include Debye screening and plasma oscillations, Landau theory of phase transitions, superfluidity, superconductivity, and ferromagnetism.

 NS-TP428M: General Relativity
 
literature Dictation: Most of the material covered can be found in S.M. Carroll's: Lecture Notes on General Relativity, which will be available from Studypoint Studentaffairs.
Book: J.B. Hartle: Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
Book: G. `t Hooft's lecture notes: Introduction to General Relativity, available at http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/.
 
 period 1 - 2
 credits 7,5 ECTS
 language English
 prerequisite  
 lecturer prof. dr. R. Loll, tel.: 253 5903,  e-mail: R.Loll@uu.nl, MG 413
dr. T. Prokopec, tel.: 253 2969, e-mail: t.prokopec@uu.nl, MG407
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This course is an introduction to the theory of General Relativity at an advanced level. Its aim is to convey the fundamental geometric concepts of the theory and the techniques required to express them quantitatively. We will study a number of important physical phenomena for which general relativity provides a theoretical description, including gravitational radiation, black holes and cosmological applications.
N.B.: This course not in combination with Gen.Rel. in Astroph.(NS-AP431M)

 
 NS-TP451M: Kramers Course: Density Functional Theory: Classical and Quantum
 
 literature to be determined
 period 1 - 2
 credits 7,5 ECTS
 language english
 prerequisite  
 lecturer prof. dr. Bob Evans, email: Bob.Evans@bristol.ac.uk
 schedule/
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Density Functional Theory (DFT) is now a standard tool for describing i) the many-body physics of electron liquids (fermions) and ii) the properties of classical liquids starting from a microscopic basis- one that starts with atoms or molecules (or ‘particles’ such as colloids) and the interactions between these building blocks of condensed matter.
These lectures will provide an elementary introduction to electronic DFT before describing DFT methods in the classical statistical physics of liquids and their applications to phase transitions and fluid interfacial phenomena.
Basic familiarity with equilibrium statistical mechanics (partition function, ensembles) is assumed but otherwise the course is self-contained.
 
 NS-TP501M: Student Seminar Theor. Physics
 
 literature Book: C.J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein Condensation in Dilute Gases (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002) + scientific papers (to be determined in due course)
 period 1 - 2
 credits 10 ECTS
 language english
 prerequisite  
 lecturer prof. dr. G.T. Barkema, tel.: 2532954 email: G.T.Barkema@uu.nl
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The objective of the Student Seminar is acquainting the students with the setting in which research is done. The students work through assignments and literature in an interactive and collaborative manner. This is done in plenary discussion sessions and/or small working groups. Furthermore, the students give presentations of their work.
 
 NS-TP502M: Theoretical Physics Colloquium 
 
 credits 2,86 ECTS
 lecturers invited speakers
 contact dr. T. Prokopec,  tel.: 253  2969, e-mail: T.Prokopec@.uu.nl, MG 407,
 period 1 - 4
 schedule One bi-weekly 2-hr meeting; Wednesdays, 16h00, MG 211
TP colloquium webpage
 language English
 schedule/
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Osiris course page

During the speakers' seminar, which is organized biweekly at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, international experts will present contemporary research. The colloquium has to be attended at least 18 times in order to pass. Even though the colloquium speakers are well aware that master students make up a considerable fraction of their audience, the level of the colloquium is often unavoidably high. In order to optimise the student's benefit and understanding of the colloquia, a preparatory presentation by an ITP staff member will (often) be organised in which background information, history of the subject, or other relevant material will be informally discussed with the students. Attending this meeting, which will be scheduled at 15.00h just prior to the colloquium in room MG 401, is highly recommended but not compulsory. More details will be announced by email in due time.
 
 NS-TP432M: Modeling and simulation
 
literature M.E. J. Newman and G.T. Barkema, Monte Carlo methods in statistical physics, Oxford University Press.
 period 3 - 4
 credits 7,5 ECTS
 language English
 prerequisite Elementary programming skills and some statistical physics.
 lecturer prof. dr. G.T. Barkema, tel.: 2532954 email: G.T.Barkema@uu.nl
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Course goals
At the end, the student should be able to write elementary simulation programs for these models, and analyse results.
Content
An important aspect of physics research is modeling: complex physical systems are simplified through a sequence of controlled approximations to a model that lends itself for computations, either analytic or by computer. In this course, the origin of a number of widely used models will be discussed. Magnetic systems as well as the liquid-gas transition is modelled by the Ising model, polymers are often modelled by random walks, liquid flow is often modelled by lattice Boltzmann gases.
Insight into these models can be obtained through a number of ways, one of which is computer simulation. During the course, simulation methods for these models will be discussed in the lectures as well as in computer lab sessions.
 
 
 NS-TP433M: Field Theory in condensed matter
 
 literature lecture notes, book
 period 3-4
 credits 10 ECTS
 language English
 lecturer prof. dr. C. Morais Smith, tel.: 253 3062,  e-mail: c.demoraissmith@uu.nl, MG 306
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 NS-TP526M: String Theory
 
literature Book: "Superstring Theory", M. B. Green, J. Schwarz and E. Witten (Cambridge 1987) Cambridge Monographs in Mathematical Physics Vol 1: Introduction, ISBN 0521 35752-7
Dictation: Lecture notes "Introduction to string theory", G. 't Hooft.
Book: "Lectures on String Theory", D. Lüst and S. Theisen, Lecture Notes in Physics, Springer-Verlag ISBN 3540 51882-7
 period 3 - 4
 credits 7,5 ECTS
 language English
 prerequisite  
 lecturer dr. S. Vandoren, tel.: 253 5902,  e-mail: s.g.vandoren@uu.nl, MG 411
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The course covers the basic concepts of modern string theory. This includes covariant and light-cone quantisation of bosonic and fermionic strings, geometry and topology of string world-sheets, vertex operators and string scattering amplitudes, world-sheet and space-time supersymmetries, elements of conformal field theory, Green-Schwarz superstrings, strings in curved backgrounds, low-energy effective actions, D-brane physics.

 
 NS-TP529M: Field Theory in particle physics
 
literature Drafts of the book: Fieldtheory in particle physics, Vol.2, by B.de Wit, E. Laenen and J.Smith will be handed out.
 period 3 - 4
 credits 7,5 ECTS
 language English
 prerequisite  
 lecturer prof. dr. E.L.M.P. Laenen; tel.: 253 3055; e-mail: e.l.m.p.laenen@uu.nl
prof. dr. B. de Wit; tel.: 253 2965; e-mail: b.dewit@uu.nl
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This is an interuniversity course. At the UvA the course is listed with the title: Particles and Fields. In this course we investigate the structure and manifestations of (non-abelian) gauge theories. The Standard Model is an example, but we will often take a more general view. We begin with a general discussion of global and local symmetries, and the construction of non-abelian gauge theories. Then we discuss their quantization: gauge-fixing, ghosts and Feynman rules. The enables a treatment of renormalization, the property of asymptotic freedom, and the decoupling of heavy degrees of freedom. We then discuss some applications for Quantum Chromodynamics at the one-loop level. This is followed by an in-depth treatment of spontaneous symmetry breaking for both global and local symmetries, and the Higgs mechanism. The Standard Model is introduced, and some of its phenomenology is discussed. When time permits, the course will be concluded by a discussion of chiral anomalies, and some outlook beyond the Standard Model.