Topics and Methods in Condensed Matter Theory
Quod super est, vacuas auris animumque sagacem semotum a curis adhibe veram ad rationem, ne mea dona tibi studio disposta ?deli, intellecta prius quam sint, contempta relinquas. Titus Lucretius Carus, De Rerum Natura Liber Primus Thisbookis structuredasa coursefor studentswith a goodknowledgeof - sic QuantumMechanics who wantto specializein CondensedMatter Theory. Indeed it takes the reader to advanced levels in severaltopics, but there is an obvious trick: no teacher can hope to cover all this material in one semester without facing a serious and rightful student revolt. I am o?ering alternative advancedtopics thatIhavebeendevelopingindi?erentyearsofteachingand updated to the present time. Yet, I had to remove much important material which is acondicio sine qua non for condensed matter theorists;the most - rioussacri?ce(wiselyurgedbythe Editor)wastheremovalofallthechapters in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and QED that I have been teaching for many years in Atomic Physics courses but would have made the size of this work unacceptable as one book. Such topics are covered in excellent Springer books, like the series by Greiner. Even so, there is no encyclopedic attitude, or attempt to cover all the hottest advanced topics, but I privileged those arguments where I did some work and the methods that I used most often or where I gave some contribution in my long research activity. The central part of the book is devoted to the theory and applications of symmetry and Green’s functions.
Useful supplementary book to solid state science basic textbooks.