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Could you kindly tell me where I could find the rudiments and simple applications of symmetries like particle-hole, chiral etc. in the context of condensed matter physics?

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Here are some of my favorite resources on the subject of symmetries in condensed matter physics:

  1. Fradkin's Field Theories of Condensed Matter Physics: Discussions of symmetry scattered throughout the chapters. Good, comprehensive discussion, though it has a small bias to topological states of matter.

  2. Xiao-Gang Wen's Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems: Clear emphasis on topological states of matter. A little advanced.

  3. El-Batanouny and Frederick Wooten's Symmetry and Condensed Matter Physics, A Computational Approach: A pedagogical introduction to the nitty gritty of symmetry in condensed matter physics. Discussions on group theory, space groups, tensor fields, phase transitions, and quasi-crystals. Good introduction to the mathematics of symmetry.

Also see this post and this post on Physics StackExchange for discussions on chiral and particle-hole symmetry.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. I was looking for a resource where all these would be in one place since it seemed that everything was quite scattered. Does Wooten's book discuss symmetries like chiral/particle-hole too or just symmetries of crystals? $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2017 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ I'm looking at it now, and it seems to be mostly crystalline. Fradkin's book mentions particle-hole symmetry on p. 14, and chiral symmetry on pages 108, 111, and 453, so perhaps that would be a better reference for you. $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2017 at 17:41

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