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Prospectus

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Statistical Physics a

Course
2016-2017

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Physics with sufficient knowledge of statistical physics, preferably at the level of the bachelor course Statistical Physics 2.

Description

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.

Timetable

Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive course

Assessment method

written exam

Blackboard

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Reading list

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

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

Contact

Lecturer: Dr. V. Vitelli (Vincenzo)

Remarks

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