CEM 993 - Advanced Topics of Quantum Theory, Chemistry - SS17

Advanced quantum theory course on many-body methods for many-electron and other many-fermion systems. Introduces the second quantization and the hole-particle formalisms for many-fermion systems, covers basic theorems of quantum many-body theory, including Wick’s and linked cluster theorems. How to use the diagrammatic techniques of the contemporary many-body theory is taught later on in the course in order to derive the equations and analyze the physics of many-body perturbation theory and coupled-cluster theory used in high accuracy electronic structure calculations and which can also be used, with great deal of success, in other areas of science, such as nuclear physics.
Spring 2016 Syllabus: http://www2.chemistry.msu.edu/courses/chem580/syllabus-CEM993.htm
Course Lecture Videos: https://pages.wustl.edu/ppiecuch/course-videos & https://www.youtube.com/results?q=Chem+580&sp=CAI%253D


Time & Location: SS17 MWF, 3:00pm – 3:50pm. 183 Chemistry Bldg.

Instructor: Piotr Piecuch  578 S. Shaw Lane, Room 17, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1322

Email: piecuch@chemistry.msu.edu


  • Prior exposure to quantum mechanics and/or quantum chemistry

  • Good mathematical skills is recommended 

  • Open to graduate students in the College of Engineering or in the College of Natural Science.