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Statistical Physics a


Admission Requirements

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


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.


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive course

Assessment method

written exam


To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

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

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


Lecturer: Dr. V. Vitelli (Vincenzo)


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