Search programme

​Use the search function to search amongst programmes at Chalmers. The study programme and the study programme syllabus relating to your studies are generally from the academic year you began your studies.

Syllabus for

Academic year
FKA101 - Statistical physics
 
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 17 - FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   10 Mar 2006 am V

In programs

FNMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Year 1 (elective)
TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Univ lektor  Lennart Sjögren



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

The course is divided into two largely independent parts covering non-equilibrium physics and critical phenomena. The first part focuses on describing the time evolution of a physical system with many degrees of freedom, with a particular emphasis on how the system responds to external perturbations. The second part addresses how the microscopic interactions between the constituents of a physical system manifest themselves on the macroscopic level, and how the macroscopic state changes e.g. from a non-magnetic to a magnetic one as external parameters are varied.

Content

Statistical description of a macroscopic system. Stochastic processes and basic
distributions. Markov processes and master equations. Time evolution of distribution functions. Origin of irreversible dynamics, relation between Liouville and Boltzmann equations. Hierarchy of relaxation processes; diffusion and hydrodynamics. Langevin theory of Brownian motion, Fokker-Planck equation. Applications to the transport theory and linear response theory. Noise and fluctuation-dissipation theorem.
Statistical evolution of quantum systems. Continuous and dis-continuous phase transitions. Critical temperature and critical exponents. Mean field theory. Landau-Ginzburg theory, fluctuations. Ising model, exact results. General properties: scaling, universality.

Literature

L. E. Reichl, "A Modern Course in Statistical Physics" (Wiley, NY, 1998).
Jari Kinaret, "Statistical Physics" (Lecture notes, 1996).
Recommended additional material:
P.M. Chaikin and T.M. Lubensky, "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics",(Cambridge, Cambridge, 1995)
M. Plischke and B. Bergersen, "Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics", (Word Scientific, Singapore, 1994)
L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshits, "Statistical Physics, I", Course of
Theoretical Physics v. 5 (Oxford, Pergamon, 1980).
E.M. Lifshits and L.P. Pitayevsky, "Physical Kinetics", Course of
Theoretical Physics v. 10 (Oxford, Pergamon, 1981).

Examination

Homework assignments.
Final written exam.


Page manager Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.