List of lecture courses for TT 2018: Lecture courses run for all 8 weeks of term, unless indicated otherwise. All lecture slots with a starting time only are for one hour. Two hour slots are indicated explicitly. Astrophysical Gas Dynamics (Continued) Astrophysical Gas Dynamics [10 hours] area: Astro syllabus: Part II. Disc Accretion in Astrophysics: Theory and Applications.Thin discs (the alpha disc model, disc structure and their appearance), the thermal/viscous instability, resonances; thick discs (including radiation-pressure dominated discs), self-gravitating discs and their stability (including the Toomre criterion); relativistic disc accretion, optically thin advection-dominated flows, super-Eddington accretion, the source of disc viscosity (including the magneto-rotational instability), mass loss and jets from accretion discs. The course will emphasize a wide range of applications of accretion-disc theory, such as compact binaries, including black-hole binaries, ultraluminous X-ray sources, X-ray pulsars, proto-stellar systems, gamma-ray bursts. lecturer: Philipp Podsiadlowski department: Physics course website: link location, times: Department of Physics, Mondays 11am-1pm, weeks 1-5 [Fisher Room] Beyond the Standard Model (Aspects of) Beyond the Standard Model and Astroparticle Physics [16 hours plus 8 optional lectures] area: PT prequel/pre-requisite: Advanced Quantum Field Theory for Particle Physics (HT) syllabus: SM precision tests, flavour physics, neutrino physics, strong CP and axions, hierarchy problem, motivations for susy/technicolour/warped extra dimensions and their basic phenomenology, introduction to grand unified theories. Please note: for this course, you will only be assessed on the content of the first 16 lectures. There are 8 extra lectures which are optional and do not form part of the assessed work. lecturer: John March-Russell department: Physics course website: TBA location, times: Department of Physics, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-1pm, [Fisher Room] Collisional Plasma Physics Collisional Plasma Physics [18 hours] area: Astro prequel: Kinetic Theory (MT), Advanced Fluid Dynamics (HT), Collisionless Plasma Physics (HT) syllabus: Collision operators): Fokker-Plank collision operator, conservation properties, entropy, electron-ion and ion-electron collisions, linearized collision operator. Collisional transport: derivation of Spitzer resistivity and electron heat conduction, ion heat conduction and viscosity. Resistive MHD: tearing modes, magnetic reconnection. Introduction to tokamak theory: large-aspect-ratio MHD equilibrium, particle trapping, Pfirsch-Schlueter collision transport regime for electrons. lecturer: Felix Parra-Diaz department: Physics course website: Collisional Plasma Physics location, times: Department of Physics, Mondays 2–4pm [Fisher Room] (weeks 1-8) and Tuesdays 4.30–5.30pm [Seminar Room] (weeks 1-2 only) Conformal Field Theory Conformal Field Theory [16 hours] area: PT, CMT pre-requisite: Quantum Field Theory (MT) syllabus: Scale invariance and conformal invariance in critical behaviour, the role of the stress tensor, radial quantisation and the Virasoro algebra, CFT on the cylinder and torus, height models, loop models and Coulomb gas methods, boundary CFT and Schramm-Loewner evolution, perturbed conformal field theories: Zamolodchikov's c-theorem, integrable perturbed CFTs: S-matrices and form factors. lecturer: Fernando Alday department: Maths course website: Conformal Field Theory location, times: Mathematical Institute, Mondays 2–4pm (weeks 1–3) [C1] Wednesdays 2–4pm (weeks 1–3) [L6] Fridays 2–4pm (weeks 1–2) [L6] Introduction to Gauge String Duality Introduction to Gauge String Duality [16 hours] area: PT pre-requisite: Quantum Field Theory (MT) syllabus (written by A. Starinets): Duality in lattice statistical mechanics and quantum field theory (an overview), black hole thermodynamics and black hole entropy, D-branes, the AdS-CFT correspondence, main recipes of gauge-string duality, gauge-string duality at finite temperature and density, fluid mechanics, black holes and holography, transport in strongly correlated systems from dual gravity, gauge-string duality and condensed matter physics, modern developments. lecturer: Andrei Starinets department: Physics/Maths course website: Introduction to Gauge String Duality location, times: Department of Physics, Fridays 9–11am (weeks 1–5) [Fisher Room] Tuesdays 3–5pm (weeks 3–5) [Seminar Room] Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space-Time Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space-Time [16 hours] area: PT, Astro prequel/pre-requisite: Quantum Field Theory (MT), General Relativity I (MT) syllabus: Non-interacting quantum fields in curved space-time (Lagrangians, coupling to gravity, spinors in curved space-time, global hyperbolicity, Green's functions, canonical quantization, choice of vacuum). Quantum fields in Anti de Sitter space. Quantum fields in an expanding universe. Unruh effect. Casimir effect. Black hole thermodynamics. Hawking radiation. Interacting quantum fields in curved space-time. Effective action, heat kernel and renormalization. Holographic principle. lecturer: Philip Candelas and Lionel Mason department: Physics course website: link location, times: Mathematical Institute, Mondays 10-11am , Wednesdays 11am–1pm, Fridays 11am-12pm (weeks 1–4) Quantum Matter Quantum Matter: Superconductors, Superfluids and Fermi Liquids [16 hours] area: CMT Prequel/pre-requisite: Advanced Quantum Theory Path Integrals and Many-Particle Physics (MT) syllabus: Intro to Superfluids and Superconductors Two Fluid Model and Vortices Landau Criterion and Intro to Charged Superfluids/London Theory Superconducting Vortices / Type I and Type II Superconductors Microscopic Theory / Second Quantization / Gross Pitaevskii and Bogoliubov Theory Feynman Theory of Superfluidity Ginzburg Landau Theory / Anderson Higgs Mechanism / Coherence Length / Vortex Structure Interacting Fermions / Second Quantization / First Order Perturbation Theory / Hartree and Fock Terms Hartee Fock Theory Coulomb Interaction / Screening and Response Linear Response Theory / Lindhard, Thomas Fermi, RPA/Plasmons Landau Theory of Fermi Liquids part 1 and part 2 BCS theory part 1: Phonon Attraction Mechanism / Cooper Problem BCS wavefunction Bogoliubov Excitation Spectrum Quantum Hall Effect / Laughlin Gauge Invariance Argument Chern Numbers / Quantum Spin Hall / Topological Insulators in 2 and 3 D Fractional Quantum Hall Effect lecturer: Steve Simon department: Physics course website: link location, times: Department of Physics, Mondays 9–10am (weeks 1–6), Wednesdays 9–11am (weeks 1–5) [Fisher Room] String Theory II String Theory II [16 hours] area: PT pre-requisite: String Theory I (HT) syllabus: Superstring action, super-Virasoro algebra, RNS model and GSO projection, physical spectrum, type I, IIA, IIB and heterotic strings, D-branes, string dualities. lecturer: Sakura Schafer-Nameki department: Maths course website: String Theory II location, times: Mathematical Institute, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9–11am (weeks 1–4) [L6] The Standard Model The Standard Model [16 hours] area: PT prequel/pre-requisite: Advanced Quantum Field Theory for Particle Physics (HT) syllabus: Gauge/global/discrete symmetries and conservation laws, QED scattering and g − 2, Elec- troweak theory, charged/neutral currents, electroweak decays, Higgs mechanism, spontaneous symmetry breaking, custodial symmetry, Yukawa couplings, Higgs phenomenology, PMNS matrix, neutrino masses and seesaw mechanism, strong interactions, running coupling and asymptotic freedom, theta vacuum, GIM mechanism, FCNCs, CKM, parity violation, Parton model, PDFs, scattering, hadrons and jets, anomalies, solitons and monopoles. lecturer: Fabian Ruehle department: Physics course website: TBA location, times: Department of Physics, Tuesdays 10-11am, Fridays 12-1pm [Fisher Room] Topics in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics Topics in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics [8 hours] area: CMT prequel/pre-requisite: Quantum Condensed Matter Physics II (HT) syllabus: This is a reading course. Under the guidance of the course organiser, students will give presentations based on key papers in quantum condensed matter theory. Some examples of the topics for these presentations are: Kramers-Wannier duality for the Ising model. Feynman's wavefunction approach to superfluid helium. The Haldane conjecture for integer quantum spin chains. Quantum friction. Homotopy and defects. Renormalisation group for Fermi liquids. The Kondo effect and scaling. Fractional statistics. Hartree-Fock and random-phase approximations. lecturer: John Chalker department: Physics course website: location, times: Department of Physics, Tuesdays 2-3pm [501] Topics in Soft and Active Matter Physics Topics in Soft and Active Matter Physics [8 hours] area: CMT prequel: Soft Matter Physics (HT), Advanced Fluid Dynamics (HT). pre-requisites: Soft Matter Physics (HT). syllabus: This is a reading course. Under the guidance of the course organiser, students will give presentations based on key papers in soft condensed matter theory. Some examples of the topics for these presentations are: Active nematics and active gels. Wetting, spreading and contact line dynamics. Hydrodynamics of microswimmers: Stokes equation, scallop theorem, multipole expansion, active suspensions. Fluctuations and response. lecturer: Julia Yeomans, Ard Louis and Ramin Golestanian department: Physics course website: TBA location, times: TBA Combined Schedule for Trinity term