Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 12.01.2022 - 11.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Material announced on the course web page.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration via WebOodi.