Statistical Mechanics

Basic course given by Giuseppe Santoro

Term: 1

Start: 07-10-2019 End: 17-12-2019 Room: 131

Credits: 6

Schedule: Mon 14:00 - 16:00, Tue 9:00 - 11:00


 The course is organized in two parts: a 6-credit basic course and a 2-credit course which will be activated upon request by the students. Here follows the program of the basic course

  • Review of Thermodynamics
  • Ensembles: microcanonical, canonical, and grandcanonical, and their equivalence
  • Applications to gases and magnets: ideal gases and the Ising model
  • Phase transitions, universality and critical phenomena (brief overview)
  • Transfer matrix method and quantum-classical correspondence
  • Mean Field Theory
  • Landau Ginzburg Theory of phase transitions: Ising model and phi^4-field theory
  • Quantum statistical mechanics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics
  • Applications: Bose-Einstein condensation, Debye theory, etc


Online resources

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LNotes_SM.pdf 7.26 MB 2020-04-10 12:57:00