C6 & AQT - Theoretical Physics &
Advanced Quantum Theory
COVID update: in 2020-2021 academic year (and possibly beyond)
all classes (lectures and tutorials) will be online
Contacts (before you contact someone, please read the simple guidelines to ensure you receive an answer quickly):
Coordinator and Hilary Term Lecturer: Andrei Starinets
C6 & AQT Michaelmas Term Lecturer: Sid Parameswaran <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Physics Teaching Office:
Jasmine Smith <email@example.com>
Trinity Term - 2021
update: revision tutorials for C6-AQT students will be held in weeks 3
The schedule and the contact information of tutors are below.
Please use the following Zoom link for all sessions:
Meeting ID: 966 8988 7411 Passcode: C6
The list of tutorial groups is available here. If you don't see your name there, please contact one of the tutors directly.
Tutorial group 1 (tutor - Sirui Ning, firstname.lastname@example.org: Monday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 2 (tutor - Michael Nee, email@example.com): Tuesday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 3 (tutor - Silvia Ferrario Ravasio, firstname.lastname@example.org): Wednesday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 4 (tutor - Saraswat Bhattacharyya, email@example.com): Thursday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 5 (tutor - Filippo Revello, firstname.lastname@example.org): Friday, 17:00-18:30
Revision problem sheets can be found at the bottom
of this page. Please return your homework to your tutors as instructed
Also, revision sessions for C6-AQT students will be held by
Prof Parameswaran (week 4) and Prof Starinets (week 6).
Revision class by Prof Parameswaran:
We will have a revision session from 14.00-17.00 on Wednesday, May 19 (Week 4).
The revision will cover 1-2 past papers, as well as address any questions from students.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94952428142
Students can also post any questions in advance of the lecture on Padlet: https://padlet.com/siddharthap/4pcql4i1432uhzz
The session will be recorded and made available via Panopto.
2019 C6-AQT Exam solution notes (pdf)
Revision class by Prof Starinets (week 6): Wednesday, 2 June, 4 pm
Topic: C6 Revision Lecture
Time: Jun 2, 2021 16:00 London
revision lecture will focus on topics relevant for the QFT part of 2021
C6 Exam. You may also submit questions in advance via GoogleDoc here or by emailing email@example.com Questions will be answered at lecturer's discretion, if there is time.
C6 Revision Lecture Zoom Session recording (2 June 2021)
C6 Revision Lecture notes (pdf file)
2019 C6 Exam (QFT part) solution notes (pdf)
Objectives of the Course
course covers both the C6 (Theory) MPhys
MT & HT) and the MMathPhys
Theory course (in MT only). The course is intended to give
an introduction to
some aspects of classical and quantum field theory,
many-body systems and
related issues. It also serves as an introduction to the
technique. These form the basis of our current theoretical
particle physics, condensed matter and statistical
physics. An aim is to
present some core ideas and important applications in a
unified way. The
applications include classical mechanics of continuum
mechanics and statistical mechanics of many-particle
systems, and some basic
aspects of relativistic quantum field theory.
MICHAELMAS TERM: Schedule
classes, problem sheets, lecture notes and other
MT-2020 VIDEO INTRODUCTION
MT-2020 TUTORIAL GROUPSIn
addition to lectures, there will be 3 tutorials (in weeks 4,6,8) in
MT-2020. There are 4 tutorial groups for each of the 3 weeks:
Tutorial group 1 (tutor - Max McGinley, firstname.lastname@example.org): Tuesday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 2 (tutor - Michael Nee, email@example.com): Wednesday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 3 (tutor - Saraswat Bhattacharyya, firstname.lastname@example.org): Thursday, 17:00-18:30
Tutorial group 4 (tutor - Sirui Ning, email@example.com): Friday, 17:00-18:30
All tutorials will be online (via
Zoom). For details such as the deadlines for homework submission,
please contact the tutor of your group.
Tutorial groups list can be found here.
If you have not signed up for one of the groups, but would like to do
so, please submit your request to the tutor of the group you prefer,
with cc to Andrei Starinets (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Functionals: Mathematical background
2. Path integrals in quantum mechanics
3. Path integrals in quantum statistical mechanics
4. Path integrals and Feynman diagrams
5. Ising model and transfer
matrices in 1D
6. 2D Ising model
7. Second quantisation
8. Ideal Fermi gas
9. Weakly interacting bosons
10. Bogliubov excitations and
11. Spin waves. Path integral for bosons
12. Phase transitions. Ising
model and mean-field
13. Critical behavior and
universality. Landau theory
14. Beyond Landau theory: fluctuations
15. Fluctuations. Other phase transitions
16. Stochastic processes
classes, problem sheets, lecture notes and other
1. Classical field theory
2. Symmetries of the action. Noether's
3. Spontaneous symmetry breaking. Goldstone's theorem
4. Canonical quantization of fields
5. Path integrals in quantum field theory
6. Interacting quantum fields
5. Feynman diagrams
6. Examples of interacting quantum field theories
TRINITY TERM: REVISIONS
Revision Problems Sheets
Revision Tutorials will be held (online) in weeks 3 and 5 of TT.
Information about tutorial groups will be updated soon.