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Graduate teaching

Research students in TCM are able to take advantage of a wide range of courses offered by the University. Final year undergraduate (Part III) courses in both Physics and Mathematics can be relevant. The CDT in Computational Methods for Materials Science (and the associated MPhil) provide many useful courses (DFT, solid state, scientific programming); the full timetable is available here.

The TCM Group also runs its own graduate lecture programme, mostly in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, also listed on talks.cam. Some of these lectures have recordings available on our internal site.

Michaelmas 2021

TCM graduate lectures These will be a mixture of in-person lectures and virtual lectures. The in-person lectures will take place in the TCM Seminar room.

Physical Kinetics, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting 12th October. Location: TCM Seminar Room.

Fairy Tales, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Fridays, starting 8th October. By Videoconference: send an email to David Khmelnitskii in order to be registered.

Other lectures this term (Check external links for times and links.)

Lectures in the CDT / MPhil in Scientific computing by TCM staff members include:
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Prof. Emilio Artacho
Electronic Structure, Prof. Emilio Artacho
Atomistic Modelling of Materials, Dr Edgar Engel
Introduction to Topological Materials, Dr Bartomeu Monserrat
Message Passing Interface (MPI), Dr Michael Rutter
A general course that is very useful for anyone using TCM computers is:
Introduction to Linux, Dr Philip Blakely
Anyone who wishes to attend any of the online lectures will need to contact Ms Samantha Selvini or Dr Philip Blakely so that they can be added into the appropriate part of Teams and/or Moodle, and similarly those who wish to attend the physical lectures will need to make contact in order to gain access to the Maxwell Building.

Relevant Part III Physics lectures include:
Theories of Quantum Matter, Prof. Austen Lamacraft
Atomic and Optical Physics, Prof. Zoran Hadzibabic
Advanced Quantum Condensed Matter Physics, Prof. Crispin Barnes

You may also find some of the Part III Maths lectures useful.

Easter 2021

TCM graduate lectures These will run as virtual lectures.

Fairy Tales, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Fridays, six lectures beginning 30th April.

For the above lectures, please send an email to David Khmelnitskii in order to be registered. After you are registered, you will receive the link which enables you to attend all the lectures.

Topics of Current Research:

A brief introduction to quasiparticles in frustrated magnets, Claudio Castelnovo, six lectures, at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting 4 May. Videoconference link: https://trin-cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91916473035?pwd=dXplTFFLMklXdUNLdE45STd0Z2pSUT09.

Machine Learning and Statistical Physics, Austen Lamacraft, two lectures, at 10am on Monday 24 May and Wednesday 26 May. Videoconference link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86323456078?pwd=ei9ZU3lxOVoveXhTMjBBcVBRc2ttQT09 . Lecture 1 text and slides. Lecture 2 text and slides.

Recent advances in topological material characterisations, Robert-Jan Slager, three lectures, at 10am on Monday 31 May, Wednesday 2 June and Thursday 3 June. Videoconference links: Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3.

The Modern Day Blacksmith, Dr Gareth Conduit, 10am Monday 14 June. Videoconference link: https://meet.google.com/ndi-sdac-smd.

Lent 2021

TCM graduate lectures These will run as virtual lectures.

Condensed Matter Physics: Beyond the Basics, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning 26th January.

Fairy Tales, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Fridays, beginning 22nd January.

For the above courses, please send an email to David Khmelnitskii in order to be registered. After you are registered, you will receive the link which enables you to attend all the lectures.

Topics of Current Research:

The Modern Day Blacksmith, Dr Gareth Conduit, 10am Monday 18 January ***Postponed***. Videoconference link: https://meet.google.com/ndi-sdac-smd

Breaking the barriers between copper and carbon nanotubes, Dr Karolina Milowska, 10am on 8 and 10 February. Videoconference link: https://meet.google.com/cnu-eamk-vsn

Topological semimetals and their connection to high-energy theory, Dr Jan Behrends, 10am on 1, 3 and 8 March. Videoconference link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8368707576?pwd=M2hjRTE3U0tOM05wYTQyYWdicFQxUT09

An Introduction to Topological Order, Dr Heidar Moradi, 10am on 9, 10 and 15 March. ***Note that last lecture has been moved from 11 March to 15 March.*** Videoconference link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89034493654?pwd=ODI4cmdYZi9jalp0VmJGT09GS3Q2UT09

Other lectures this term (Check external links for times and locations.)

Relevant Part III Physics lectures include:
Advanced Statistical Mechanics, Eugene Terentjev
Phase Transitions, Anson Cheung
Quantum Information, Crispin Barnes

Michaelmas 2020

TCM graduate lectures These will run as virtual lectures.

Physical Kinetics, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting 13th October.

Fairy Tales, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, 10am Fridays, starting 9th October.

Please, read the lists of lectures and send an email to David Khmelnitskii separately for KINETICS and the FAIRY TALES in order to be registered. After you are registered, you will receive the link which enables you to attend all the lectures.

Other lectures this term (Check external links for times and links.)

Lectures in the CDT / MPhil in Scientific computing by TCM staff members include:
Foundation Course in QM and Solid State Physics, Prof. Emilio Artacho
Electronic Structure, Prof. Emilio Artacho
Atomistic Modelling of Materials, Dr Edgar Engel
Introduction to Topological Materials, Dr Bartomeu Monserrat
Message Passing Interface, Dr Michael Rutter
A general course that is very useful for anyone using TCM computers is:
Introduction to Linux, Dr Philip Blakely
Anyone who wishes to attend any of the above lectures will need to contact Ms Samantha Selvini or Dr Philip Blakely so that they can be added into the appropriate part of Teams and/or Moodle.

Relevant Part III Physics lectures include:
Theories of Quantum Matter, Prof. Austen Lamacraft
Atomic and Optical Physics, Prof. Zoran Hadzibabic
Advanced Quantum Condensed Matter Physics, Prof. Crispin Barnes

Relevant Part III Maths lectures include:
Non-equilibrium statistical field theory, Dr Johannes Pausch
You will likely require a key to enrol, which can be obtained by emailing partiii-secretary@maths.cam.ac.uk.

Lent 2020

TCM graduate lectures (All at 10am in the TCM Seminar Room unless otherwise stated.)

Physical Kinetics, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, Tues and Thurs, 21, 23, 28, 30 Jan 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Feb.

Fairy Tales, Prof. David Khmelnitskii, Fridays 17, 24, 31 Jan; 7, 14, 21 Feb.

Tensor network approaches to the quantum many-body problem, Dr Thorsten Wahl, four lectures on 20, 22, 27, 29 Jan.

Metric mechanics and differential geometry in complex matter, Prof. Mark Warner, two lectures on 10, 12 Feb.

Complex Networks, Dr Sebastian Ahnert, two lectures on 24, 26 Feb.

Majorana Fermions in Condensed Matter, Dr Benjamin Béri, two lectures on 2, 4 Mar.

Other lectures this term (Check external links for times and locations.)

Relevant Part III Physics lectures include:
Advanced Statistical Mechanics, Eugene Terentjev
Phase Transitions, Claudio Castelnovo
Quantum Information, Crispin Barnes


Lecture notes

Some of TCM's staff members have produced some particularly illuminating and engaging course notes for courses presented elsewhere. A selection of these is presented below.

Fairy Tales

For over twenty years Prof Khmelnitskii has presented his "Fairy Tales." These are stand-alone lectures elucidating a particular topic of mathematical physics. They are given on Friday mornings at 10am, and many remember them for years. They have been appreciated by many, from PhD students through post-docs to professors.

Ben Simons' lecture notes

Quantum Condensed Matter Physics (Graduate course)
Michaelmas Term 2013, 24 Lectures

Phase Transitions and Collective Phenomena (Part III)
Lent Term 2012, 12 Lectures

Functional Methods in Condensed Matter (Graduate course)
Lent Term 2005: 11 lectures

Quantum Condensed Matter Field Theory (Part III)
Michaelmas Term 2004, 15 lectures

Michael Rutter's lecture notes

An Introduction to MPI (CDT/MPhil in computational methods / scientific computing), and other computing topics.