Physics 560 - Spring 2017- Instructor: Taylor Hughes

Condensed Matter Physics


Course description:

The goal of this course is to set the foundation for future coursework and research in condensed matter physics. We will cover topics such as electronic structure of crystalline systems, metals, semi-conductors, magnetically ordered materials, and possibly more advanced topics such as low-dimensional systems and superconductors. The hope is that this course will lay the conceptual framework needed by all experimentally and theoretically minded students to understand the basics of condensed matter physics.

Prerequisite: Phys 427;Phys 580.

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Days, Time:

Monday, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Known Errata for book:

On page 222, exp(i k R) should be exp(i k (R- v_n’) )

On page 502,  in Section 17.4.9, replace R_H with R_H^{-1}


158 Loomis Laboratory of Physics




Taylor L. Hughes

Instructor Office:

2115 Engineering Sciences Bldg. (ESB)

Prof. Office Hours:

Wednesdays 11am to 12pm at my office, 2115 ESB. Subject to change.




Ye Zhuang and Tianhe Li

TA Offices:

Tianhe Li: Loomis 390L

Ye Zhuang: ESB 3143

TA Office Hours:

Tianhe Li: Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm

Ye Zhuang: Thursdays from 2pm-3pm




Condensed Matter Physics by M. Marder. (2nd Edition)



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