
Condensed Matter Physics I (Elective)
Instructor: Chandan Dasgupta and Subhro Bhattacharjee
Venue: Chern Lecture Hall, ICTS
Class Timings: Monday and Wednesday 56.30 PM
First Meeting: 2nd January 2020, 3:15 pm
Course Description:This course is aimed to introduce the basics of condensed matter physics. These ideas and techniques form the building blocks for studies in quantum manybody physics and a large class of quantum field theories that form the basis of our present understanding of materials around us. A detailed outline is available on the ICTS website. Students interested in aspects of quantum manybody physics are strongly encouraged to credit/audit the course.
Prerequisites:Quantum Mechanics II, Statistical Mechanics I
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Statistical Mechanics (Core)
Instructor: Anupam Kundu
Venue: Emmy Noether Seminar Hall
Class Timings: Wednesday 03:30 PM  05:00 PM Chern lecture hall and Friday 04:00 PM  05:30 PM Chern lecture hall
First Meeting: Wednesday 08 Jan 05:00  06:30
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Classical Electromagnetism (Core)
Instructor: Loganayagam R
Venue: Feynman Lecture Hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore
Class Timings: Tuesday and Fridays, 11:0012:30 AM(Tentative)
Tutorials on Wednesday: 3:004:00 PM(Tentative)
First Class (Introduction): Friday (02:00 pm  05:00 pm), 3rd January, 2020
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Basics of Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics (Elective)
Instructor: Abhishek Dhar
Venue: Emmy Noether Seminar Hall, ICTS
On 3rd Feb ARC seminar Room
on 29th Jan and 5th Feb S N Bose meeting roomFirst Meeting: First Meeting: Friday, Jan 3, 4 PM Chern lecture hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore
Class Timings: 11:00 to 12:30 PM Monday and Wednesday
The topics to be covered are:
(i) Basics of random walks
(ii) Basics of Markov processes.
(iii) Brownian motion, classical and quantum Langevin equations
(iv) Fokker Planck equations and quantum master equations
(v) Linear response theoryThe course will be aimed at understanding the formalism through examples.
Requirements: Students should have a solid basic knowledge of statistical physics and quantum physicsBooks:
(i) Stochastic processes in physics and chemistry: van Kampen
(ii) Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics: Noelle Pottier 
Geometry and Topology in Physics (Elective)
Instructor: Joseph Samuel
Class Timings: Wednesday 02:00 PM  03:30 PM Chern lecture hall and Thursday 11:00 AM  12:30 PM Chern lecture hall
First Meeting: 2nd January 2020, 11:00 am Feynman
Prerequisites: Advanced Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics. (all at the level of Landau and Lifshitz), basic complex analysis and group theory.
Textbooks: There are no fixed textbooks for the course. We will be drawing on many sources from the published literature and the internet.
Structure of the course: The course will cover a number of applications of geometry and topology in the context of physical examples. The emphasis will be on the examples rather than on rigour. This course will be complementary to mathematics courses on geometry and topology. Exposure to such courses will be helpful, but not a prerequisite to follow the course. What students will gain from the course: an appreciation of the commonality between different areas of physics; the unifying nature of geometric and topological ideas in physics. How the course will achieve its goals: We will take specific examples of systems from different areas of physics and analyse them from a geometric perspective. Make connections wherever possible between the different examples. The course will start with simple examples and graduate to more advanced ones. The choice of examples will depend on the feedback I get from the students.
Assessment: Some classes will include a fifteenminute quiz, in which students are asked to answer simple questions related to the class discussion.
For example, filling in missing steps in the derivation; consideration of special cases etc.
This will be 40% of the assessment. The remaining 60% is from the final exam 
An Introduction to GW Physics & Astronomy (Elective)
Instructor: P.Ajith and Bala Iyer
Venue: Chern Lecture Hall, ICTS
Class Timings: 10:00  11:30 am on Wed & Fri (to be confirmed after the first meeting)
First Meeting: 10:00 am, Jan 17 (Fri)
Prerequisites: General Relativity, exposure to Python and Mathematica
Contents:
 Theory of GWs
 Detection of GWs
 GW data analysis
 GW source modeling
 Astrophysics of GW sources
Evaluation: 50% assignments + 50% written test.
Books:
 Bernard Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity (Cambridge)
 Michele Maggiore, Gravitational Waves: Volume 1: Theory and Experiments (Oxford)
 Jolien D. E. Creighton & Warren G. Anderson, GravitationalWave Physics and Astronomy: An Introduction to Theory, Experiment and Data Analysis (WileyVCH)
 Nils Andersson, GravitationalWave Astronomy: Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe (Oxford)
 Stuart L. Shapiro Saul A. Teukolsky, Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars: The Physics of Compact Objects (WileyVCH)

String Theory II (Reading)
Instructor: Loganayagam R
Venue: Feynman Lecture Hall, ICTS Campus, Bangalore
Class Timings: Tuesday and Friday, 02:304:00 PM(Tentative)
First Meeting: Tuesday (02:30 PM), 7th Jan 2020
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Topics in Fluid Mechanics (Reading)
Instructor: Rama Govindarajan