Physics 602: Graduate Solid State Physics II







Spring 2019

Mondays and Thursdays    
12:00 - 1:20 p.m.

SEC 218

Course Instructor:  Prof.  Premi Chandra                                       
Email:  pchandra@physics.rutgers.edu                                             
                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Overview:   In this course I hope to introduce experimental and theoretical students to a number of contemporary research topics in condensed matter physics including frustrated magnetism, quantum phase transitions and topological insulators. More specifically we will discuss

-"moment-free"  magnetism
-topological transitions in spin systems
-quantum vs. classical phase transitions
-topological insulators

This course will be concept-based but technical details will be supplied when needed. We will connect our topics of study with current research through readings of both classic and current papers.  More specifically I plan to link the topics to be explored with research areas of ongoing interest:   Kitaev spin liquids,  emergent topological order in magnetic systems, quantum critical systems and the emergence of new states of matter.

                                                                                                               Premi Chandra


Syllabus


Week of
Monday
  Wednesday
  (Make-Ups)
 

       4:00 - 5:30
      330W North        
Thursday

Jan. 21




                               No Class
                    (Make-Up to be Scheduled)
 

Jan. 28


                   No  Class
          (Make-Up to be Scheduled)




                                 No Class
                   (Make-Up to be Scheduled)

Feb. 4


    
         
                  Introduction/Overview         
 


 
              
    Introduction to Frustrated Magnetism
                          and Spin Ice

           Spin Ice, Fractionalization
              and Topological Order



Feb. 11

Why Spin Ice Obeys the Ice Rules

Experimental Signatures of
Emergent QED


Artificial Spin Ice
Colloquium
Monopole Defects


      More Spin Ice

  Magnetic Monopole
           Noise
      

Proposal to Detect Monopoles
in Spin Ice via
Nanoscale Magnetometry


(Supplementary Material)



 

Feb. 18


Order by Disorder

Les Houches Notes
(pp. 551-561)






   Quantum Spin Liquids

         Spin Liquids

    TbInO3:  A QSL?

      Background:
 
Clark et al., Nature Physics
and Supplementary Material


Kim et al., Preprint

      Snow Day!
      To Be Rescheduled
      After the
      APS March Meeting!
 



Quantum Spin Liquids

A Field Guide to Spin Liquids 

TbInO3:  A QSL?

(Readings from Snow Day!)

 

Feb. 25
 

The Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless
Transition



    The BKT Transition


The Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless
Transition

March 4

No Class
(Make-Up to be Scheduled)




No Class
(Make-Up to be Scheduled)




March 11


Quantum vs. Classical Phase Transitons

               
                               
           Observed Effects of a T=0
              Quantum Critical Point
                

                                                                      

March 18


Spring Break



Spring Break





March 25


Zero-Point Fluctuations and Frustrated:
A Recipe for Exotic Phases






Zero-Point Fluctuations and Frustrated:
A Recipe for Exotic Phases
           



April 1


  Fractional Quantum Hall
Effect






Fractional Quantum Hall
Effect 2





April 8


Topological Insulators






Topological Insulators 



April 15


Topological Insulators






Topological Superconductivty 




April 22


Open Topics/Student Presentations



Open Topics/ Student Presentations





April 29


No Class
(Make-Up to be Scheduled)    





Open Topics/Student Presentations


May 6


Open Topics/Student Presentations








Special Announcements

Welcome to Physics 602 !

This course will start on Monday Feb. 4th.