FYS-4606 Statistical Physics 2, 5 cr


Suitable for postgraduate studies.


Lasse Laurson


Toteutuskerta Periodi Vastuuhenkilö Suoritusvaatimukset
FYS-4606 2019-01 3 - 4 Lasse Laurson
The grade of the course is determined by a combination of pre-reading assignments, activity in exercise classes and project work.


After completing the course, the student is able to rigorously construct the connection between fundamental laws of physics governing the microstates of a system and the thermodynamical quantities and laws describing the macroscopic world. In addition to conceptual understanding, the student can mathematically deal with a number of topics ranging from classical ensemble theory to modern topics such as topological defects, phase transitions and critical phenomena. Furthermore, she/he can solve simple and intermediate level problems of modern statistical physics and interpret the results.


Sisältö Ydinsisältö Täydentävä tietämys Erityistietämys
1. Random walks and diffusion  Universality and scale invariance   
2. Temperature, equilibrium and entropy    Information entropy 
3. Free energies, ensembles  Classical and quantum statistics   
4. Order parameters, broken symmetry, topology  Topological defects, domain walls   
5. Abrupt and continuous phase transitions  Nucleation, critical phenomena, scaling  Renormalization group 


Tyyppi Nimi Tekijä ISBN URL Lisätiedot Tenttimateriaali
Book   Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity   James P. Sethna   978-0198566779       No   


Opintojakso P/S Selite
FYS-1371 Statistinen fysiikka Advisable    

Tietoa esitietovaatimuksista
Alternative prerequisites: FYS-1376 Statistical Physics 3 cr, or FYS-1377 Statistical Physics 5 cr, or similar knowledge of statistical physics.


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Päivittäjä: Kunnari Jaana, 05.03.2019