Master program curriculum // Educational program “Mathematical and Theoretical Physics”,Field of Science and technology 03.04.01 Applied Math and Physics, Full-time study, study period – 2 years, year of admission – 2023 |
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# | Course Title // Code | ECTS * | Grad / Pass | * | Year 1 | Sum-mer Term | Year 2 | |||||||

Fall | Spring | Fall | Spring | |||||||||||

Stream 1. “Science, Technology and Engineering (STE)” / 36 ECTS credits |
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> Elective Part / 36 ECTS credits | ||||||||||||||

1 | Representations of Finite Groups // MA060595 | 6 | G | Re/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

2 | Geometric Representation Theory // DA060271 | 3 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

3 | Symplectic Geometry // MA060596 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

4 | Cluster Varieties and Integrable Systems // MA060597 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

5 | Introduction to Quantum Groups // MA060426 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

6 | Differential Topology // MA060599 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

7 | Path Integral: Stochastic Processes and Basics of Quantum Mechanics // MA060542 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

8 | Phase Transitions, Rigorous // MA060600 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

9 | Quiver Representations and Quiver Varieties // MA060425 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | ||||||||||

10 | Modern dynamical systems // MA060257 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

11 | Some Uses of Twistors in Field Theory // MA060601 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

12 | Integrable Many-Body Systems and Nonlinear Equations // MA060602 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

13 | Introduction to Quantum Field Theory // MA060505 | 6 | G | RE/Dr | 3 | 3 | X | X | ||||||

Stream 2. “Research Immersion” / 12 ECTS credits |
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14 | Research Immersion // MB12006 | 12 | P | C | 12 | |||||||||

Stream 3. “Enterpreneurship and Innovation” (E&I) / 6 ECTS credits |
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> Compulsory Part / 6 ECTS credits | ||||||||||||||

15 | Innovation Workshop // MC06001 | 6 | P | C | 6 | |||||||||

16 | Mathematical Modelling in Innovation // DC060021 | 6 | P | C | 6 | |||||||||

Stream 4. “Research & MSc Thesis Project” / 48 ECTS credits |
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> Compulsory Part / 48 ECTS credits | ||||||||||||||

17 | Research seminar – Modern Problems of Mathematical Physics // DG120268 | 12 | G | С/Dr | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | ||

18 | Early Research Project // MD060001 | 6 | P | C | 3 | 3 | ||||||||

19 | Thesis Research project // MD120002 | 12 | P | C | 3 | 3 | 6 | |||||||

20 | Thesis Proposal, Status Review and Predefense // MD090023 | 9 | P | C | 3 | 3 | 3 | |||||||

21 | Thesis defence // MD090003 | 9 | SFA | C | 9 | |||||||||

Stream 5. “Options” / 18 ECTS credits |
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> Compulsory Part / 6 ECTS credits | ||||||||||||||

22 | Short-Term Project // MEOX0041 | 6 | E | X | X | X | X | X | ||||||

23 | Additional Thesis Research // MEOX0040 | 6 | P | E | X | X | X | X | ||||||

> Elective Part / 12 ECTS credits | ||||||||||||||

24 | English Toolkit // ME030568 | 3 | P | E | 3 | |||||||||

25 | First Steps to Thesis in English // ME030566 | 3 | P | E | 3 | |||||||||

26 | Academic Writing Essential // MF030002 | 3 | P | E | 3 | X | ||||||||

27 | Master Your Thesis in English // ME030567 | 3 | P | E | 3 | X | ||||||||

28 | Elective Courses from Course Catalogue | 6 | X | X | X | X | X | X | X | |||||

Facultative (Extracurricular activities – maximum 20 ECTS credits overall, maximum 10 ECTS credits per year) |
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29 | Elective Courses from Course Catalogue | |||||||||||||

30 | Independent Study Period // MF030010 | P | E | X | ||||||||||

Minimum overload per Year | 60 | 60 | ||||||||||||

Maximum overload per Year | 70 | 70 | ||||||||||||

TOTAL | 120-140 | |||||||||||||

*) ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, G – Graded course, P – Pass/Fail course, X – curriculum element can be chosen in specified Terms, SFA – State Final Assessment, C – compulsory curriculum element, RE – recommended elective, E – elective, Dr – suitable for PhD |

## Research Seminar “Modern Problems of Mathematical Physics” (Term 1-8) / DG120268 / 23-25
Course “Modern problems of mathematical physics” is a student seminar, so participants are expected to give talks based on the modern research papers. Current topic of the seminar can vary from time to time. Topics that were already covered, or can be covered in the future, are: ## Representations of Finite Groups (Term 1-2) / MA060595 / 23-25
Representation theory is used in many areas of mathematics (algebra, topology, algebraic groups, Lie groups and Lie algebras, quantum groups, algebraic number theory, combinatorics, probability theory, …), as well as in mathematical physics. Therefore, mastering the basic technique of representation theory is necessary for mathematicians of various specialties. The aim of the course is to give an introduction to representation theory on the material of finite groups. Particular attention will be paid to representations of the symmetric groups. Tentative program: ## Cluster Varieties and Integrable Systems (Term 1-2) / MA060597 / 23-25
## Geometric Representation Theory (Term 1-2) / DA060271 / 23-25
Geometric representation theory applies algebraic geometry to the problems of representation theory. Some of the most famous problems of representation theory were solved on this way during the last 40 years. The list includes the Langlands reciprocity for the general linear groups over the functional fields, the Langlands-Shelstad fundamental Lemma, the proof of the Kazhdan-Lusztig conjectures; the computation of the characters of the finite groups of Lie type. We will study representations of the affine Hecke algebras using the geometry of affine Grassmannians (Satake isomorphism) and Steinberg varieties of triples (Deligne-Langlands conjecture). This is a course for master students knowing the basics of algebraic geometry, sheaf theory, homology and K-theory. ## Differential Topology (Term 1-2) / MA060599 / 23-25
The course will cover two topics, which are central in topology of smooth manifolds, the de Rham cohomology theory and Morse theory. The course will culminate in two famous results of differential topology: Smale’s h-cobordism theorem and Milnor’s discovery of exotic smooth structures on the 7-dimensional sphere. The h-cobordism theorem proved by S. Smale in 1962 is the main (and almost the only) tool for proving that two smooth manifolds (of dimension greater than or equal to 5) are diffeomorphic. In particular, this theorem implies the high-dimensional Poincare conjecture (for manifolds of dimensions 5 and higher). Milnor’s discovery of exotic smooth structures on the 7-dimensional sphere and further results of Kervaire and Milnor were the first steps towards surgery theory, which is the most powerful tool for classifying smooth manifolds. Topics ## Phase Transitions, Rigorous (Term 3-4) / MA060600 / 23-25
This is a course on rigorous results in statistical mechanics, random fields and percolation theory. Some of it will be dedicated to the theory of phase transitions, uniqueness or non-uniqueness of the lattice Gibbs fields. We will also study the models at the criticality, where one hopes to find (in dimension 2) the onset of conformal invariance. We will see that it is indeed the case for the percolation (and the Ising model, if time permits). ## Introduction to quantum field theory (Term 3-4) / MA060505 / 23-25
As you know, the modern theory of fundamental physics (the “standard model of elementary particle physics”) is a quantum field theory (QFT). In addition to this central role in modern physics, quantum field theory also has many applications in pure mathematics (for example, from it came the so-called quantum knot invariants and Gromov-Witten invariants of symplectic manifolds). Within the framework of this course, the basic concepts of QFT will be introduced “from scratch”. The Fock space and the formalism of operators on it, as well as the formalism of the “continuum integral” will be defined. The main example under consideration will be the quantum scalar field theory. A scalar field in physical terminology is a field that, at the classical level, is defined by one number at each point (i.e., in fact, its state at a given time is just a numerical function on space), unlike a vector field (an example of which, in particular, is an electromagnetic field). However, considering the quantum theory of a scalar field (even separately, and simpler than for the Higgs field) is in any case very useful, since it allows you to get acquainted with the apparatus and phenomena of QFT on a simpler example than vector and spinor fields. The course will consider the “perturbation theory” (that is, in fact, a method for calculating the first orders of smallness in a small parameter expansion) for a scalar field and describe ways to calculate various probabilities of events with particles. ## Symplectic Geometry (Term 1-2) / MA060596 / 23-25
## Introduction to Quantum Groups (Term 1-2) / MA060426 / 23-25## Modern Dynamical Systems (Term 3-4) / MA060257 / 23-25
Dynamical systems in our course will be presented mainly not as an independent branch of mathematics but as a very powerful tool that can be applied in geometry, topology, probability, analysis, number theory and physics. We consciously decided to sacrifice some classical chapters of ergodic theory and to introduce the most important dynamical notions and ideas in the geometric and topological context already intuitively familiar to our audience. As a compensation, we will show applications of dynamics to important problems in other mathematical disciplines. We hope to arrive at the end of the course to the most recent advances in dynamics and geometry and to present (at least informally) some of results of A. Avila, A. Eskin, M. Kontsevich, M. Mirzakhani, G. Margulis. ## Some Uses of Twistors in Field Theory (Term 3-4) / MA060601 / 23-25
The subject of this course will be mainly the complex geometry. The choice of topics, however, is determined by their uses in Field Theory and Theory of Integrable Systems ## Integrable Many-Body Systems and Nonlinear Equations (Term 3-4) / MA060602 / 23-25
This course is devoted to many-body integrable systems of classical mechanics such as Calogero-Moser, Ruijsenaars-Schneider and their spin generalizations. These systems play a significant ## Path integral: stochastic processes and basics of quantum mechanics (Term 1-2) / MA060542 / 23-25
One of the most powerful methods of modern theoretical physics is the method of functional integration or path integration. The foundations of this approach were developed by N. Wiener at the beginning of the 20th century, but it spread widely after R. Feynman, who applied this approach in quantum mechanics. At present, the functional integral has found its application in the theory of random processes, polymer physics, quantum and statistical mechanics, and even in financial mathematics. Despite the fact that in some cases its applicability has not yet been mathematically rigorous proven, this method makes it possible to obtain exact and approximate solutions of various interesting problems with surprising elegance. The course is devoted to the basics of this approach and its applications to the theory of random processes and quantum mechanics. In the first part of the course, using the example of stochastic differential equations, the main ideas of this approach will be described, as well as various methods for exact and approximate calculation of functional integrals. Further, within the framework of the course, the main ideas of quantum mechanics will be considered, and both the operator approach and the approach using functional integration will be considered. It will be demonstrated that, from the point of view of formalism, the description of random processes and the description of quantum mechanical systems are very similar. This will make it possible to make a number of interesting observations, such as, for example, the analogy between supersymmetric quantum mechanics and the diffusion of a particle in an external potential. In the final part of the course, depending on the interests of the audience, various applications of the functional integration method will be discussed, such as polymer physics, financial mathematics, etc. |