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Many-body Quantum Mechanics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives an introduction to many-body quantum theory, in particular relativistic quantum field theory.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the student shall:
  • Solve relevant quantum physics problems using operator methods
  • Use Feynmann diagrams and Greens' function formalism to solve problems of many-particle quantum physics.
  • Have knowledge of important fermionic and bosonic systems, and apply perturbation theory on such systems
  • Be able to compute simple processes using Feynman diagrams in Quantum Electrodynamics.


A review of quantum physics, many body systems and second quantization, bosons, fermions, classical relativistic fields, perturbation theory, the scattering matrix, time evolution operator, Green's functions, Feynman rules, spinors, quantum electrodynamics, path integrals, renormalization.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS500 Classical Mechanics, MAT500 Mathematical Modelling


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam1/145 minutesA - FNone permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Alexander Karl Rothkopf
Course teacher
Alexander Karl Rothkopf
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

5 hour lectures and 2 hour problem solving per week.

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Use evaluation forms and/or conversation for students' evaluation of the course and teaching, according to current guidelines


Matthew D. Schwarz: "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" Ch 2-19, 21.
Lecture notes prepared by the lecturer

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020