Advanced Statistical Physics
In the Winter Term 2023, this course is offered as a selfstudy (reading) course. The lecture notes can be downloaded from the course Brightspace page.
Major topics:
Quantum statistics: FermiDirac and BoseEinstein. Introduction to the second quantization method; density matrix.
Electrons in metals: thermodynamic properties, Pauli paramagnetism, Landau diamagnetism, de Haasvan Alphen effect.
BoseEinstein condensation, weakly nonideal Bose gas, superfluidity, magnons.
Phase transitions: Landau theory, exactly solvable models.
Textbook:
There is no required textbook for the course. The main source of information will be the lecture notes. The students are encouraged to consult numerous textbooks on
statistical physics available in the library, e.g.
F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics
M. Marder, Condensed Matter Physics
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Statistical Physics, Part 1 and Part 2
N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics
Marking scheme:
3 assignments (60%), final exam (40%); late assignments will not be accepted.
