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The aim of this module is to extend knowledge of quantum mechanics from undergraduate courses by emphasizing its overall mathematical structure, as well as its applications to a wide range of topics in mathematical physics. We will introduce an abstract framework for quantum theory, based on tools from the theory of operator algebras, which is general enough to describe all its subareas: quantum mechanics, quantum statistical mechanics (including thermodynamics in infinite volume), quantum field theory on Minkowski space and on curved spacetimes, as well as including classical probability theory as a special case.


Spring 2019 (Monday, January 21 to Friday, March 29)


  • Live lecture hours: 10
  • Recorded lecture hours: 0
  • Total advised study hours: 40


  • Mon 13:05 - 13:55


Students should have attended either a first course in quantum mechanics, or have some knowledge of operator theory (on infinite dimensional Hilbert spaces); ideally both, but participants with experience in either area are welcome.


The presentation style is expository, i.e., each lecture will give an overview of a subject area, rather than working out the technical details. A tentative list of topics is:
* Probability theory
* Basics of quantum theory
* Algebras, states, GNS representation
* Thermodynamics and the KMS condition
* Free quantum fields on Minkowski space
* Linear quantum fields on curved spacetimes
* Frameworks for interacting quantum field theories


No bibliography has been specified for this course.


The course will be assessed by an "open book" take-home exam. Questions will be roughly of the type given as exercises in the individual chapters of the lecture notes. The pass mark for the exam is 50%.

No assignments have been set for this course.


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