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Suggested Reading

The spiltting of these references into categories is articial since most of them actually cover all the topics we have discussed (wil be discussing).

Symmetry Breaking

I list two books that are, however, much more advanced than what is necessary for the lecture. They are in fact mainly about renormalization. J. Cardy, Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics, 256 pp, ISBN 0521499593, CUP, 1996 A great book if you are interested in mean eld theory and renormalization in statistical physics (you are). The material we discussed is in Chapter 6, but rather brief. Nigel Goldenfeld, Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group, by (Westview Press, 1992) Same as above, but more accessible

Interacting Bose gas, Superuidity


L. P. Pitaevskii, S. Stringari, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Oxford University Press. This is the book on which this part of the course is largely inspired. Notation matches to a large extent. I found it readable and clear A. Leggett, Quantum Liquids: Bose Condensation and Cooper Pairing in Condensed-Matter Systems (Oxford Graduate Texts). Less suited for a rst contact with the subject, but once you are a bit into it, then this book contains a wealth of insights to deepen your understanding. Written in an intuitive way, switching constantly between effective description and a microscopic treatment. R. Seiringer, Hot topics in Quantum gases, http://de.arxiv.org/abs/0908.3686. This is very different from the other sources (probably harder to read as well), since here mathematical results on the dilute Bose gas are reviewed. It is also quite far from our presentation. I found it useful to resolve some confusion. If there is a theorem, then at least you know what is really meant! Lecture Notes by Michael Cross, Caltech, http://www.pma.caltech.edu/ mcc/Ph127/c/index.html Very compact, yet perfectly clear. The standard material presented in an honest and transparant way. Lecture Notes by John Chalker, Oxford, http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JohnChalker/qtcm/lecture-notes.pdf Even more compact, and very pleasant to read. We hope to cover more material than what is in here, but still it is a good place to go to for a rst encounter with the subject

Fermions, superconductivity

Probably all references mentioned here are way too technical for us. I give them for completeness. Lecture Notes Christopher Mudry Covers many topics in detail. Very detailed calculations. Lecture Notes Piers Coleman Less heavy to read, but teaches you a lot by making connections all the time. Lecture Notes Ben Simons Everything within the path integral approach, very readable, but the overlap with the course material is not too big. Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics, book by Naoto Nagaosa Surprisingly compact, clear at least for some parts, everything within the path-integral approach. Good to read if you are at risk of losing the overview. There are classic books like Fetter-Walecka, Orland-Negele, but these typically spend much more time developing the formalism (also with diagrammatics) than we have done.