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This Fall's Delta ITP Course Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics aimed at advanced Master’s students, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, is built around the general theme of 'Topological Methods in Theoretical Physics'. The course is part of the educational program of Delta ITP, a joint initiative between the Universities of Leiden (UL), Utrecht (UU), and Amsterdam (UvA). The lectures are given by professors from these three universities, on topics that change every semester.

Event details of Fall 2018 Topological Methods in Theoretical Physics test
Start date 10 September 2018
End date 17 December 2018
Time 11:00

This Fall semester course will be divided into three 5-week modules; for each one there are four lectures (2hrs each) and four exercise sessions (4hrs each). At the end of the module there is an exam. All exams are pass/fail. You need to pass all three exams to receive credit for the course. 

PhD students are not obliged to do the exams, which are meant for Master students who intend to use this course as part of their Master Program.

Registration is compulsary via the DRSTP website. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Course summary

Module 1: Geometry and topology of quantum states - Vladimir Gritsev (Amsterdam) 
Module 2: Topological defects - Ana Achúcarro (Leiden) 
Module 3: title tba - Vladimir Juricic (NORDITA, Stockholm) 


Lectures will take place on Mondays at 11:00 - 13:00, followed by a study/exercise session 13:45- end.

The location of this semester's course rotates between the three institutes. The first module is in Amsterdam.  See below for further details. 

Module 1: Geometry and topology of quantum states - Vladimir Gritsev (Amsterdam) 

Lecture dates: Sep 10, 17, 24, Oct 1

Location lectures: room G5.29;  exercise sessions: room G0.0 

EXAM: Oct 8; room tba

Abstract: A tentative content of the course will include introduction into geometry of mixed and pure states of arbitrary quantum system, derived from the quantum-information based perspectives. We apply this technique for characterization of quantum phases of matter and quantum phase transitions between them. Then we are going to discuss topological aspects of quantum states which naturally emerges from the quantum geometric structure.

Module 2: Topological defects - Ana Achúcarro (Leiden) 

Lecture dates: Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5

Location lectures: room tba; exercise sessions: room tba

EXAM: Nov 12; room tba

The first part of this module is an introduction to domain walls, vortices, monopoles and other field theory defects from condensed matter to cosmology (formation, interactions, network evolution, gravitational properties). The second part will discuss the relation between topology and stability, BPS bounds, supersymmetry breaking and other related topics.

Module 3: title tba - Vladimir Juricic (NORDITA, Stockholm) 

Lecture dates: Monday's on Nov 19, 26, Dec 3, 10


Nov 19 - 11:00-12:45 in Buys Ballot building (BBG) 0.79, exercise sessions: 13:15-17:00 in Koningsberger building (KBG) 2.28
Nov 26 - 11:00-12:45 in BBG 1.06; exercise sessions: 13:15-17:00 in KBG 2.28
Dec 3 - 11:00-17:00 Israelslaan 0.07 (near Galgenwaard Stadium)
Dec 10 - 11:00-17:00 Israelslaan 0.07 (near Galgenwaard Stadium)

EXAM Dec 17 - 11:00-17:00 (exact time tba) Israelslaan 0.06 (near Galgenwaard Stadium)

Abstract TBA


Dr Lars Fritz (Utrecht), email: l.fritz [at]

Prof. Koenraad Schalm (Leiden), email: kschalm [at]

Dr Wouter Waalewijn (Amsterdam), email: w.j.waalewijn [at]

Administrative matters

Wanda Verweij | email: w.l.verweij [at]

Institute for Theoretical Physics | Utrecht University | Princetonplein 5 | 3584 CC Utrecht.