Lecturer:  Martin Evans and Juraj Szavits-Nossan

Institution: Edinburgh

Hours Equivalent Credit: 22

Assessment: Hand-in exercises

This is a final year undergraduate course organised by the University of Edinburgh

Course Summary

In this course we will discuss equilibrium phase transition, of the first and second order, by using the Ising and the Gaussian models as examples. We will first review some basic concepts in statistical physics, then study critical phenomena. Phase transitions will be analysed first via mean field theory, then via the renormalisation group (RG), in real space.  Momentum space approaches will be briefly discussed. We will conclude with a study of stochastic dynamics and the approach to equilibrium and we will discuss nonequilibrium dynamics and nonequilibrium phase transitions.