Supersymmetry in condensed matter and statistical physics

Konstantin Efetov (IPhT, Bochum U.)

2012-03-09 10:00, Salle Itzykson, IPhT
2012-03-16 10:00, Salle Itzykson, IPhT
2012-03-23 10:00, Salle Itzykson, IPhT
2012-04-06 10:00, Salle Itzykson, IPhT
2012-04-13 10:00, Salle Itzykson, IPhT

The goal of these lectures is to present an introduction to the use of modern, Supersymmetry-inspired tools in Condensed Matter and in Statistical Physics.

I will motivate why Grassmann variables are useful in the study of disordered metals. I will show how one develops the conventional diagrammatic technique, and why one encounters problems in applying it for most interesting systems. Then, I will show how anti-commuting variables help averaging over the disorder, and I will derive the super-matrix non-linear σ-model. After that I will present how non-trivial problems of disordered systems have been attacked by using the σ-model. Proceeding in this way I will discuss Anderson localization in one dimensional thick wires and in two dimensional films, and I will find the solution in high dimensionality or on the Bethe lattice. Then, I will present how the zero dimensional σ-model can be useful for mesoscopic systems, and I will show that Random Matrix Theory is equivalent to the zero dimensional σ-model. This equivalence establishes the connection between disordered mesoscopic systems and quantum chaos. I will show an extension of the conventional σ-model to the ballistic one and an exact mapping onto a generalized σ-model (super-bosonization formula).

The tentative plan of the lectures follows.

  1. Disorder in normal metals
  2. Grassmann variables and non-linear supermatrix σ-model.
  3. Renormalization group for the σ-model in 2 and 2 + ε dimensions.
  4. Solving one dimensional and high dimensional models.
  5. Zero dimensional σ-model for small metal particles. Random Matrix Theory and the supersymmetry. Ballistic σ-model and Superbosonization.
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SUSY in condensed matter
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