Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After this course, the student knows the basics of many-body quantum physics and is able to apply the related methods and techniques in calculations. The student will also get an overview of some of the most fascinating research topics in modern quantum many-body physics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.01.2021 - 12.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jani-Petri Martikainen, Päivi Törmä

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jani-Petri Martikainen, Päivi Törmä

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Time-dependent perturbation theory and Fermi golden rule, interaction of a two-level system with a (quantized) field, 2nd quantization, basics of the many-body formalism and open quantum systems, basics of topological physics (Chern number, quantum metric), quantum coherence in modern physics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi condensates (BCS theory), phase transitions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Two mid-term exams or a final exam. Bonus from exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 36 hrs (3 hrs/week)

    In-class exercises (mathematical derivation, calculation) 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

    Independent work (preparation for lectures and revision, in-class exercises) 75 hrs


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material announced on the course web page.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    PHYS-E0416 Quantum Physics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    PHYS-C0210 Quantum Mechanics, recommended PHYS-E0414 Advanced Quantum Mechanics



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