The reading group meets in the interaction room of the physics annex on Mondays at 3.30pm.

Note that the dates are very speculative and subject to change but the content should stay (more or less) as it is.

Date |
Topic |
Reading |
Alternative Readings |
Homework |

24-05-04 | Second quantisation | Fetter & Walecka p12-21 | Fetter & Walecka Q1.1 | |

31-05-04 | The tight-binding model | Mahan p21-33 | Mihaly and Martin p25-30 (first quantisation only) Lowe - chapter on the Huckel model (what chemists call the tight-binding model) |
The Hamiltonian of the tight binding model is normally written as
H = -t Σ where: t is the hoping integral, c i) What is the dispersion relation (energy as a function of momentum, k) for the tight binding model (with nearest neighbour hoping only) in (a) 1D (b) 2D on a square lattice (c) 3D on a cubic lattice (d) arbitrary dimension on a hypercubic lattice (e) 2D on the anisotropic triangular lattice sketched below? ii) What is the bandwidth (difference between the maximum and the
minimum of the dispersion relation) in each of the cases (a-e) above -
with (e) you need to carefully consider the effect of varying the ratio
t iii) Calculate the Fermi surface for the 2D square lattice (a) at half filling (b) close to zero filling (c) close to complete filling. iv) The anisotropic triangular lattice allows to extrapolate
smoothly between three limits. What are the three limits? What are the
corresponding values of t v) Diagonalise the Huckel model for a benzene molecule. |

07-06-04 | This week was entirely taken up discussing last weeks homework | |||

14-06-04 |
No meeting: Computational Biology Workshop |
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21-06-04 | The -ve U Hubbard model, BCS theory and the BdG equations | Ketterson & Song p257-264 You may also like to read p199-207 for a bit of background on BCS theory |
de Gennes | The Hamiltonian of the Hubbard model is normally written as H = -t
Σ where: t is the hoping integral, c ii) From the BdG eqns (K&S eqn 36.18) and the self consistency condition (37.11) derive the gap equation (26.29) iii) From the Hubbard Hamiltonian derive the real space BdG equations |

28-06-04 | Discussion carried over from last week. | n/a | n/a | n/a |

05-07-04 | The +ve U Hubbard model and the Stoner ferromagnetism | Rickayzen p263-270 | In the reading Rickayzen calculates the mean-field solution of his model. In the same way calculate the mean field solution of the Hubbard model assuming U>0 (repulsive). Hint - your solution should be very similar to Rickayzen's. | |

12-07-04 | Green's functions | Rickayzen Ch1 | Fetter & Walecka Ch 3, AGD Ch 2&3, Mahan Ch 2 and 3 | Your choice of questions from Rickayzen Ch1 |

19-07-04 | Green's functions | Rickayzen Ch2 | Fetter & Walecka Ch 3, AGD Ch 2&3, Mahan Ch 2 and 3 | Your choice of questions from Rickayzen Ch2 |

26-07-04 | Green's functions and approximation schemes | Rickayzen Ch3 | Fetter & Walecka Ch 3 | Look at one of the figures of Feynman diagrams in Ch 3 of Rickhayzen.
Write down the corresponding Green's functions. Repeat this with other
figures until you no longer have to think while you do it! Your choice of questions from Rickayzen Ch3 |

02-08-04 | Anomalous Green's functions and the Gorkov equations: a different approach to BCS theory | Fetter & Walecka p 439-454 | AGD Ch 7, Rickayzen Ch 8, Mahan Ch 9, Ketterson & Song Ch 55 | Fetter & Walecka Q13.7 |

09-08-04 | The mean field solution of the +ve U Hubbard model using Green's functions | Rickayzen p271-282 | Rickayzen p283/4 Q3 |

Authors |
Title |
Publisher |
City |
Year |
Comments |

(AGD) Abrikosov, Gorkov and Dzyaloshinski | Methods of Quantum Field Theory in Statistical Physics | Dover | New York | 1963 | The original and still, many believe, the best - very Russian in style, if you like Landau & Lifshitz you'll like this |

Fetter and Walecka | Quantum Theory of Many Particle Systems | McGraw-Hill | Boston | 1971 | "AGD made readable for western graduate students", Balazs Gyorffy. Covers a lot more ground than AGD though |

Mahan | Many Particle Physics | Plenum Press | New York | 1990 | Lots and lots and lots - covers a vast range of topics at a reasonable level of detail |

Mihaly & Martin | Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions | Wiley | New York | 1996 | Does exactly what it says on the tin - covers mostly elementary topics, but has lots of questions and provides solutions to them all - very useful |

Rickayzen | Green's Functions and Condensed Matter | Academic Press | London | 1980 | A modern approach - very carefully written, covers most of the basics |

Anderson | Basic Notions in Condensed Matter Physics | Benjamin/Cummings | Menlo Park | 1984 | The title is a lie - this is not an introductory text. It is brilliant though. On one reading list I was given as a postgrad. the entire description of this book read "for inspiration" - that about sums it up. |

de Gennes | Superconductivity of Metals and Alloys | Benjamin | New York | 1966 | The first time the BdG approach appeared in the west. An absolute classic, very elegantly written but a little though unless read in conjunction with something else. |

Ketterson and Song | Superconductivity | Cambridge University Press | Cambridge | 1999 | Obviously only covers superconductivity - the authors claim that it is basically an updated version of de Gennes, but it is better than that. It gives a very modern treatment of superconductivity and is very strong on the BdG approach. Personally speaking I think that this is my favourite book on superconductivity - it's where I learnt the subject. |