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PHY2315H F specializedAdvanced Statistical Mechanics

Course Title PHY2315H F specialized
Session fall
Year of Study 1st year
Time and Location Time: F 11-1:00
Room: MP 1115

Arun  Paramekanti
MP1006
416-978-8633

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Official Description

This course will introduce the concepts of phases and phase transitions, and develop the renormalization group (RG) framework for studying critical phenomena.

Topics:

1. Phases and phase transitions - overview

2. Mean field theory: Applications to magnets, fluids

3. Landau theory of phase transitions

4. Scaling theory of critical phenomena

5. Real space RG

6. Momentum shell RG: Diagrams, Epsilon-expansion, Large-N expansions

7. Kosterlitz-Thouless transition: The role of topology

8. Dualities

9. Quantum phase transitions

10. Disordered systems: Breakdown of Order, Random spin chains

 

 

 

 

    Textbook Reference Books:
    N. Goldenfield, Lectures on Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group.
    M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Fields