Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2021

     

PHYS 665 901 (CRN: 22084)

TOPOLOGY IN QUANTUM PHYSICS

Long Title: TOPOLOGY IN MODERN QUANTUM PHYSICS AND FIELD THEORY
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Instructor: Nevidomskyy, Andriy
Meeting: 1:30PM - 2:50PM TR FULLY ONLINE (25-JAN-2021 - 30-APR-2021) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Online
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Prerequisites: PHYS 521
Section Max Enrollment: 19
Section Enrolled: 5
Enrollment data as of: 22-MAY-2022 6:35AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
 
Description: Topology plays an increasingly important role in modern quantum physics, and its applications to a variety of topics range from the theory of liquid crystals to topological defects in quantum field theory. This course will introduce some key notions from topology, such as homotopy and homology, and differential geomery and discuss their applications in quantum physics, from the theory of vortices in superconductors, to monopoles in non-Abelian gauge theories, to instantons in Yang—Mills theory. The course also covers the concepts of topological insulators and superconductors that have become an important part of the vocabulary of modern condensed matter physics. The course may be useful for students pursuing research in condensed matter and AMO physics, as well as high-energy physicists interested in topological defects in quantum field theory.