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The course 'Strongly correlated spins and impurities' 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 year.

Event details of Spring 2015 Strongly correlated spins and impurities
Start date 9 February 2015
End date 15 June 2015
Time 11:00

This is an advanced master level  course, also suitable for PhD students and postdocs. This Spring semester course will be divided into three 4-weeks blocks; for each module there are four lectures and four exercise sessions. At the end of each modules there is an exam. 

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. 
Please note that to get the full 6EC credit, students must take the exam for each of the three modules. The final grade is the average of the three exams.


Module 1: Quantum phases and Majorana fermions in spin chains - Dirk Schuricht (Utrecht) 
Module 2: Quantum impurity problems - Vadim Cheianov (Leiden)
Module 3: Low-D spin systems - Vladimir Gritsev (Amsterdam)


Lectures are on Mondays from 11:00 - 13:00. There will be exercise sessions in the afternoon (13:00 - 17:00). Location: Amsterdam, UvA Science Park 904. Please note the different rooms for each date!


Module 1: Quantum phases and Majorana fermions in spin chains - Dirk Schuricht (Utrecht)

Lectures: Feb. 9. 16 and 23, and March 2 

Location: UvA Science Park 904, room A1.10 

EXAM: March 9, room to be announced

Module 2: Quantum impurity problems - Vadim Cheianov (Leiden)

    •    March 16 (11:00-13:00 room A1.10, 13:00-17:00 room D1.112)
    •    March 23 (11:00-13:00 room A1.04, 13:00-17:00 room D1.112)
    •    March 30 (11:00-13:00 room A1.04, 13:00-17:00 room A1.10)
    •    April 13 (11:00-13:00 room A1.04, 13:00-17:00 room A1.10)

EXAM: April 20, room to be announced

Quantum impurity problems are a class of problems in theoretical physics arising from consideration of a small, localized in space quantum system (such as an atom or a quantum dot) interacting with an environment consisting of thermodynamically large number of particles.
This lecture course will review interesting physics emerging from such interactions as well as introducing a unified mathematical framework for the description of this class of systems.
The students will learn about physical phenomena such as the Kondo effect, Coulomb blockade, quantum co-tunnelling and X-ray edge singularity. They will find out how these phenomena are related to dimensional transmutation, asymptotic freedom, duality and other concepts encountered in quantum field theory and high-energy physics.

Module 3: Low-D spin systems - Vladimir Gritsev (Amsterdam) 

    •    May 11 (11-13 hrs: room C1.112; 13-15 hrs: A1.10)
    •    May 18 (11-13 hrs: room A1.04; 13-15 hrs: A1.10)
    •    June 1 (11-13 hrs: room D1.112; 13-15 hrs: A1.10)
    •    June 8 (11-13 hrs: room A1.10; 13-15 hrs: C1.112)

EXAM: June 15, room to be announced


Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux 
| e-mail: j.s.caux [at]

Institute for Theoretical Physics | Institute of Physics 
| University of Amsterdam | 
Science Park 904 
| 1098 XH Amsterdam