

Lecture Schedule:
Monday, 13:1515:40, Yuquan Jiao12 #504
Instructor:
Íò ì§; Yuquan Jiao12 #516; Phone: 87953694
Office Hours:
Monday, 18:3019:30, Jiao12 #516 (by appointment)
Description:
Quantum phases are quantum states of matter at zero temperature. Even
at zero temperature a quantummechanical system has quantum
fluctuations and therefore can still support phase transitions. As a
physical parameter is varied, quantum fluctuations can drive a phase
transition into a different phase of matter. An example of a quantum
phase transition is the disorderdriven Anderson localization in
electron systems. Symmetry plays an important role in the
classification of quantum phases and phase transitions. Recently,
systems with topological aspects arise as one of the major subjects in
condensed matter physics. Examples include quantum Hall systems,
graphene, topological insulators, etc. This course explores the
background, models, methods, and research progress in these systems.
Prerequisites:
Solid State Physics or equivalent
Reading List:
 Altland, A. and B. Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory, Cambridge
University Press, 2006.
 Anderson, P. W., Concepts in Solids, World Scientific, 1997.
 Goldenfeld, Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization
Group, Westview Press, 1992.
 Prange, R. E. and S. M. Girvin, The Quantum Hall Effect, 2nd ed.,
Springer, 1989.
 Sachdev S., Quantum Phase Transitions, Cambridge University Press,
2001.
 Thouless, D. J., Topological Quantum Numbers in Nonrelativistic
Physics, World Scientific Pub Co Inc, 1998.
 Yoshioka, D., The Quantum Hall Effect, Springer, 2002.
Last updated on December 19, 2011 by WAN Xin

