DQMP employs the largest number of researchers in physics at UNIGE, and produces results that are potentially the most interesting for industry and economy. A Master with specialization in quantum matter physics constitutes an ideal entry for professional and academic careers.

The Master of Science in Physics is composed of theory courses, practical work, and individual research projects.

## Four required courses in quantum matter physics

*Advanced Solid State Physics I: Phase Transitions*

Prof. Thierry Giamarchi

This course covers the thermodynamics of phase transitions, various models, mean-field theory, the transfer-matrix method, series expansions, the renormalization group, functional methods, and the breaking of continuous symmetries.

3+1 hours (teaching+exercises) for students in fourth year of physics

*Advanced Solid State Physics II: Electronic properties of solids I*

Prof. Dirk van der Marel

The electronic properties of solids are fascinating. Although the basic equations describing the system are well known (quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics), the large number (~10^{23}) of interacting particles leads to new emergent behaviors. In this course, the effects of interactions in solids will be explored, with the aim to understand the differences with respect to free-electron behavior (band theory), and to analyze and predict the experimental observations. At a phenomenological level, we will study in particular the theory of Fermi liquids, a cornerstone in our understanding of the effects of interactions. We will also study the appropriate formalism for a microscopic description: second quantization, linear response and Green’s functions. This formalism will be used for a microscopic description of Fermi liquids and for the study of various simple instabilities occurring in solids (ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism, superconductivity etc…).

3+2 hours (teaching+exercises) for students in fourth year of physics

*Advanced Solid State Physics III: Superconductivity*

Prof. Thierry Giamarchi

This course introduces superfluidity and the Bose-Einstein condensation, and explains the main characteristics of superconductivity, as well as the electrodynamics of superconductors in the quasi-static limit, the macroscopic wave function of superfluids and superconductors, the Ginzburg-Landau theory, the microscopic theory of Bardeen Cooper and Schrieffer (BCS), the spectroscopic properties, the order-parameter symmetry, and the Josephson effect.

3+2 hours (teaching+exercises) for students in fourth year of physics

*Advanced Solid State Physics IV: Electronic Properties of Solids II*

Prof. Felix Baumberger

In many systems, the effects of interactions can be appropriately described by the Fermi-liquid theory. This is not the case of all systems: in a wide class of materials, interactions lead to a radically different physics. These materials are known under the generic name of “strongly correlated systems”, and are at the core of the current research in solid-state physics. In this course, various concepts related to strong correlations are introduced. Various methods for treating such systems, both analytical and numerical, will be studied.

3+1 hours (teaching+exercises) for students in fourth year of physics

## Optional courses in quantum matter physics

*Cristallography and diffraction*

Prof. Radovan Cerny

*Transport phenomena*

Prof. Didier Jaccard

*Introduction to nanoelectronic*

Prof. Alberto Morpurgo

*Introduction to materials physics*

Prof. Patrycja Paruch

*Superconductivity and its applications*

Prof. Carmine Senatore

*Diffraction methods – monocrystals and polycrystals*

Prof. Radovan Cerny

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