PhD and Integrated PhD coursework

The schedule of ICTS courses for Aug - Nov 2018 are given below:


  1. Course on Fluid Mechanics (Elective: Aug- Nov 2018)

    Instructor: Rama Govindarajan

    Venue: Chern Lecture Hall, ICTS Bangalore

    Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM

    First Meeting: Tuesday, 21st August, 2018


  3. Advanced Quantum Mechanics (Core)

    Instructor: Suvrat Raju

    Venue: Feynman Lecture Hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Timings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

    First Class: Tuesday (2:30 pm), 7th August, 2018

    Description: This is a core course covering some fundamental concepts in quantum mechanics. We will discuss some simple linear algebra, Hilbert spaces, the Heisenberg and Schrodinger pictures, discrete symmetries, continuous symmetries with a focus on the theory of angular momentum, perturbation theory, identical particles and some elements of scattering theory. If time permits, we will also discuss some selected topics from quantum information theory.

    Textbook: The course will closely follow the textbook "Modern Quantum Mechanics" by Sakurai. Additional references, if required, will be provided in class.


  5. Classical Mechanics (Core)

    Instructor: Manas Kulkarni

    Venue: Chern lecture hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Timings: Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

    First Class: Wednesday (4:00pm), 1st August, 2018


    1) Recap:

    - Recap of Newton's laws and their consequences
    - System of point masses, Rigid Bodies
    - Classical driven-dissipative systems

    2) Lagrangian Formulation:

    - Principle of least action
    - Noether's Theorem, Symmetries
    - Small Oscillations, Applications

    3) Rigid body motion:

    - Euler Angles
    - Tops

    4) Hamiltonian formulation:

    - Liouville's Theorem
    - Action-Angle variables
    - Hamilton-Jacobi Equations

    5) Classical Integrable Models and Field Theory:

    - Lax Pairs
    - Toda Model
    - Calogero Family of Models
    - Integrable Field Theories
    - Integrable Partial Differential Equations and applications in physics.


  7. Statistical Physics-I (Core)

    Instructor: Abhishek Dhar

    Venue: Chern Lecture Hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Timings: Monday 4:00 - 5:30pm, Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:00pm

    First Class:Friday, 3rd August, 2018. at 2:15pm

    Details: The course on statistical physics-I will be based on the book Statistical Physics of Particles: Mehran Kardar 

    Topics to be covered:

    1. Thermodynamics, 
    2. Probability,  
    3. Kinetic theory of gases
    4. Classical statistical mechanics
    5. Interacting particles
    6. Quantum statistical mechanics
    7. Ideal quantum gases

  9. Biological Physics (Elective)

    Course TitleBiological Physics (Elective)

    Instructor:  Vijay Kumar Krishnamurthy, Sriram Ramaswamy, Shashi Thutupalli

    Venue: Physics department, IISc, Bangalore

    Time: Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm

    First Meeting:Tuesday, 7th August, 2018


    • the living state as a physicist sees it
    • what a cell contains
    • noise and biological information
    • random walks, Brownian motion, diffusion
    • fluid flow in cell and microbe biology
    • entropic forces, electrostatics, chemical reactions, self-assembly
    • macromolecules: statistics, forces, folding, melting
    • molecular machines
    • electrical transport across membranes: neurons, nerve impulses
    • cell membrane mechanics: elasticity, order, shape, dynamics
    • the cytoskeleton and cell mechanics
    • collective motility


    Mechanics and Statistical physics at 1st-year graduate student level


    Homework assignments, mid-semester & end-semester exams

    Reference Texts

References in biophysics


  1. Quantum and Statistical field theory (Core)  

    Instructor: Subhro Bhattacharjee

    Tutor : Pushkal Shrivastava

    VenueEmmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Meeting Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

    First Class:  Thursday (3:00 pm), January 4, 2018

    Course Outline :

    • Statistical Mechanics - From the discrete to the continuum
    • Quantum Mechanics of particles to continuum Quantum Fields
    • Functional integral formulation of QM and QFT
    • Parallels and Differences between continuum description of Stat. Mech. and Quantum systems.
    • Spontaneous Symmetry breaking 
    • Wilsonian RG​
    • Additional reading topics selected by the instructor

  2. Electromagnetic Theory​ (Core)  

    InstructorR Loganayagam

    Tutor : Chandan Kumar Jana

    VenueEmmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Meeting Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    First Class:  Wednesday (4:30 pm), January 3, 2018

    Course Outline Please click here for more details

  3. Condensed Matter Physics - Interacting Systems (Elective)  

    InstructorChandan Dasgupta

    VenueEmmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Meeting Time: Mondays: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm & Wednesdays: 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

    First Class:  Wednesday (11:30 am), January 10, 2018

    Prerequisites:  Courses on elementary solid state physics and statistical physics.

    Course Outline

    • Classical systems of particles: Cluster expansion, van der Waals equation, liquid-state theory,classical density functional theory.
    • Interacting electrons: Hartree-Fock approximation, exchange and correlation effects, quasiparticles, Fermi liquid theory, density functional theory. Dielectric function of electron gas - random phase approximation, plasmons, screening. The Hubbard model - metal-insulator transition, spin and charge density wave states.
    • Interacting bosons: Weakly interacting bosonic systems, Bose-Einstein condensation, superfluidity. Anharmonic effects in phonons. 
    • Electron-phonon interaction: Phonons in metals, electron mass renormalization, effective interaction between electrons, polarons.
    • Superconductivity: Cooper instability, BCS theory, Ginzburg-Landau theory, vortex lattice, Josephson effect.
    • Magnetism: Microscopic mechanisms, models, magnetic phase transitions, spin waves.

  4. Numerical methods for Physics and Astrophysics (Elective)  

    Instructor: P. Ajith

    Tutor : Ajit Kumar Mehta

    VenueEmmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

    Meeting Time: Wednesdays & Fridays: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    First Class:  Wednesday (3:30 pm), January 17, 2018

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  5. Classical fields - elasticity theory and fluid dynamics (Reading)

    Instructor: Abhishek Dhar

    Summary:  The course will be based almost entirely on the book "Applications of classical physics" by Roger D. Blandford and Kip S. Thorne. The focus will be on explaining the basics of elasticity theory and fluid dynamics, and  their applications to understanding  various physical phenomena, both from everyday life and from the laboratory.

    Course contents:  Chapters 11-15 of "Applications of classical physics" available here  Chapter 11: Elastostatics , Chapter 12: Elastodynamics, Chapter 13: Foundations of Fluid Dynamics,  Chapter 14: Vorticity, Chapter 15: Turbulence

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