Syllabus for Statistical Physics, Advanced Course

Statistisk fysik, fördjupningskurs

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA160
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2020
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Statistical Mechanics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to :

  • use partitition functions in the context of path integrals,
  • explain the concept of phase transitions and the physics at or near critical points,
  • explain the renormalisation group and the flow to infrared fixed points,
  • apply the theory of Landau's Fermi liquid theory,
  • explain BCS superconductivity using statistical mechanics.

Content

Partition functions for several statistical mechanical models; models described by an interacting scalar field theory; Matsubara frequencies and finite temperature; critical points; spontaneous symmetry breaking and phase transitions; Landau Fermi liquid theory; BCS theory of superconductivity.

Instruction

Lectures

Assessment

Hand in assignments during the course. 
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2020

  • Tsvelik, Alexei M. Quantum field theory in condensed matter physics

    2. ed.: Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003

    Find in the library

    Mandatory