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

*Phase Transitions*

Prof. Eugene Sukhorukov

This course is a general introduction to the physics of systems with a very large number of coupled degrees of freedom. In this case, even with relatively simple interactions, new phenomena, such as phase transitions, can happen. This course will discuss both the concepts and the methods to describe and understand these phenomena.

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

*Introduction to correlated matter*

Prof. Dirk van der Marel

The electronic properties of solids constitute a fascinating subject. While the basic equations are well established and rooted in quantum field theory and statistical physics, the problem of many interacting particles (of the order of Avogadro’s number) leads to radically novel physical phenomena.

In this course the foundations are laid for many-body quantum field theory, with application to fermionic systems (electrons, 3He) as well as bosonic systems (phonons, 4He). The theory of the interacting electrons is laid out and applied to metallic Fermi-liquids, insulators and magnetism. The students learns how to relate physical properties manifested by experimental probes to the many-body state of the system. The last part of the course is dedicated to one of the most prominent manifestations of interactions in a many-body system, having important repercussions for the physical properties: the emergent phenomenon of “collective modes”.

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

*Superconductors and Superfluids*

Prof. Thierry Giamarchi

This course is an introduction to superconductivity. Based on experimental facts, it will introduce both the phenomenological description of this phenomenon (Landau-Ginzburg) and its microscopic description (BCS theora). The consequences of these theories, in particular concerning the superconductors under a magnitic field (Abrikosov vortex latice) and the macroscopic quantum interference phenomena (Josephson effect) will be examined.

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

*Strong Correlations*

Prof. Felix Baumberger

In many systems, interaction effects can be well described by Fermi liquid theory. This is not true for all systems, and in many compounds interactions lead to radically different physics. These systems are known under the name of ‘strongly correlated Systems’, and are at the heart of a good part of today’s research in solid state physics. In these lectures, several concepts of strong correlations will be introduced. The methods, both analytical and numerical allowing to treat those problems 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

*Quantum transport and topological insulators*

Prof. D. Abanin

*Introduction to the physics of materials*

Prof. Patrycja Paruch

*Superconductivity and its applications*

Prof. Carmine Senatore

*Diffraction methods: single crystals and polycrystals*

Prof. Radovan Cerny

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