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402-0861-00L  Statistical Physics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersG. Blatter
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThis lecture covers the concepts of classical and quantum statistical physics, and some aspects of kinetic gas theory and hydrodynamics. In a more advanced part degenerate Fermions, Bose-Einstein condensation, real Bose gases, magnetism, general mean field theory and critical phenomena will be addressed.
ObjectiveThis lecture gives an introduction in the basic concepts and applications of statistical physics for the general use in physics and, in particular, as a preparation for the theoretical solid state physics education.
ContentBasics of phenomenological thermodynamics, three laws of thermodynamics.
Basics of kinetic gas theory: conservation laws, H-theorem, Boltzmann-Equations, Maxwell distribution.
Hydrodynamics.
Classical statistical physics: microcanonical ensembles, canonical ensembles and grandcanonical ensembles, applications to simple systems.
Quantum statistical physics: single particle, ideal quantum gases, fermions and bosons.
Degenerate fermions: Fermi gas, electrons in magnetic field.
Bosons: Bose-Einstein condensation, Bogoliubov theory, superfluidity.
Mean field and Landau theory: Ising-, XY-, Heisenberg models, Landau theory of phase transitions, fluctuations.
Critical phenomena: mean field, series expansions, scaling behavior, universality.
Renormalization group: fixed points, simple models.
Lecture notesLecture notes available in german.
LiteratureNo specific book is used for the course. Relevant literature will be given in the course.