Seminars in Condensed Matter Physics

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Previous knowledge at the level of an introductory course in condensed matter physics is required.


The course will cover selected topics in condensed matter physics.

It will include the following series of talks on:  

Electron transport in low-dimensional systems, Denis Basko (Université Grenoble Alpes and CNRS) - 20 hours (February-May 2022)
Electron-electron interactions in quantum dots, universal Hamiltonian, Coulomb blockade, sequential tunneling
Cotunneling transport through quantum dots in the Coulomb blockade regimeKondo effect in quantum dots
Anderson localization of non-interacting electrons in a disordered potential
Dynamic localization in periodically driven systems
Electron-electron collisions in quantum dots, many-body localization
Electron-electron interaction effects on electron scattering by impurities
Instabilities of interacting electron liquid in one dimension
Peierls transition and topological excitations in polyacetylene
Hopping conduction in Anderson insulators

Graphene-based technologies, Vittorio Pellegrini (IIT-Genova and Bedimensional) - 6 hours (April-May 2022)

Coherent heat transport in nanosystems, Francesco Giazotto (NANO-CNR, Pisa) - 6 hours (March-April 2022)

Fundamentals of spintronics, Marco Affronte (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia and Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR) - 6 hours (May 2022)

Quantum detection systems, Carlo Sirtori (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Parigi) - 6 hours (May-June 2022)

The course will also include a selection of research talks that will be announced during the year. As a proficiency test for the course, first year PhD students should present a seminar on a topic related to those covered in the series of talks, while second year PhD students should present a seminar on a topic related to their own PhD research project.

Educational aims

To get acquainted with selected advanced topics in condensed matter physics through series of talks. To learn about current research efforts via tutorial and topical seminars.