Many-Body Theory of Solids

An Introduction

  • John C. Inkson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


here exists a gap in the present literature on quantum mechanics T and its application to solids. It has been difficult to find an intro­ ductory textbook which could take a student from the elementary quan­ tum mechanical ideas of the single-particle Schrodinger equations, through the formalism and new physical concepts of many-body theory, to the level where the student would be equipped to read the scientific literature and specialized books on specific topics. The present book, which I believe fills this gap, grew out of two courses which I have given for a number of years at the University of Cambridge: "Advanced Quan­ tum Mechanics," covering the quantization of fields, representations, and creation and annihilation operators, and "Many Body Theory," on the application of quantum field theory to solids. The first course is a final-year undergraduate physics course while the second is a joint first­ and fourth-year undergraduate math­ year postgraduate physics course ematics course. In an American context this would closely correspond to a graduate course at the masters level. In writing this book I have tried to stress the physical aspects of the mathematics preferring where possible to introduce a technique by using a simple illustrative example rather than develop a purely formal treat­ ment. In order to do this I have assumed a certain familiarity with solid­ state physics on the level of a normal undergraduate course, but the book should also be useful to those without such a background.


electron field theory fields many-body theory mathematics mechanics physical concepts physics quantization quantum field quantum field theory quantum mechanics superconductivity

Authors and affiliations

  • John C. Inkson
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  1. 1.Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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