PhD and Integrated PhD coursework

The schedule of ICTS courses for Jan - Apr 2018 are given below:


  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

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  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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