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Statistical Physics b


Admission Requirements

Bachelor in Physics and knowledge of basic statistical mechanics.


The course provides an introduction to phase transition and collective behavior in non-equilibrium systems and represents the second part of a two-part introductory courses on emergent phenomena in equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics. The first (compulsory) part of this course is given in Statistical Physics a and is focused on phase transitions and critical phenomena at equilibrium.


  • Introduction to collective behavior: flocking, schooling, swarming etc.

  • The XY-model and the Mermin-Wagner theorem.

  • The Vicsek model.

  • Giant density fluctuations.

Course Objectives

The aim of the course is develop a strong foundation in advanced statistical mechanics with an emphasis on emergent phenomena. Furthermore, the course aims to provide the students with a toolbox of mathematical techniques that can be readily used in theoretical and experimental research projects.


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials.

Assessment method

Take-home exam consisting of a an analytical and a computational exercise.


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

Reading list

Reading material (research papers and notes) will be provided during the lectures.


Lecturer: Dr. Luca Giomi