Advanced Statistical Physics
Winter 2024 instructor: Kirill Samokhin

Major topics:
Quantum statistics: Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein. Introduction to the second quantization method; density matrix.
Electrons in metals: thermodynamic properties, Pauli paramagnetism, Landau diamagnetism, de Haas-van Alphen effect.
Bose-Einstein condensation, weakly non-ideal Bose gas, superfluidity, magnons.
Phase transitions: Landau theory, exactly solvable models.

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.