Spring 2024 - PHYS 841 G100
Statistical Mechanics (3)
Class Number: 2316
Delivery Method: In Person
Review of ensembles and thermodynamics, ideal gases, imperfect classical gases, classical and modern theories of phase transitions, renormalization group. Course offered regularly.
Topics to be covered:
• Statistical ensembles and thermodynamics
• Quantum statistics
• Phase transitions, Mean Field and Landau Theory
• Critical phenomena, renormalization group theory
• Spontaneous symmetry breaking and topological defects
- Homework 45%
- Midterm 15%
- Final Exam 40%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (2nd ed.)
I. Herbut, Modern approach to critical phenomena
Michael Plischke & Birger Bergersen, Equilibrium Statistical Physics (3rd ed.)
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