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Statistical Physics a

Course 2013-2014


I. Theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena: real-space renormalization group, momentum-space renormalization group. Applications: percolation, Ising model, Ginzburg-Landau Hamiltonian, epsilon expansion, two-dimensional XY model. Anomalous dimensions far from equilibrium.

II. Linear response theory.

III. Stochastic processes: Brownian motion, master equation, Fokker-Planck equation..

Programme form

Lectures, interactive course


  • D. McComb, Renormalization methods: A guide for beginners, OUP.

  • N. Goldenfeld, Lectures on phase transitions and the renormalization group, (Frontiers in Physics).


Physics Schedule

Form of examination

Written exam, 24 January 2013


Statistische fysica 1 and 2 (statistical and thermal physics, (bachelor courses).


Target group: MSc students, both students interested in theoretical physics as students interested in experimental physics.

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Lecturer: Dr. V. Vitelli (Vincenzo)