Statistical Physics a

Course description Statistical Physics a
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 4403STPHA
  • Dr. V. Vitelli
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 6
Level: 400
Period: Semester 1
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • Yes A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission Requirements

Statistical Physics 1 and
Statistical Physics 2 (statistical and thermal physics, (bachelor courses).


I. Theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena: real-space renormalization group, momentum-space renormalization group. Applications: percolation, Ising model, Ginzburg-Landau Hamiltonian, epsilon expansion, two-dimensional XY model. Anomalous dimensions far from equilibrium.

II. Linear response theory.

III. Stochastic processes: Brownian motion, master equation, Fokker-Planck equation.


Physics Schedule

Mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive course

Assessment method

written exam


To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

  • D. McComb, Renormalization methods: A guide for beginners, OUP.

  • N. Goldenfeld, Lectures on phase transitions and the renormalization group, (Frontiers in Physics).


Lecturer: Dr. V. Vitelli (Vincenzo)


Target group: MSc students, both students interested in theoretical physics as students interested in experimental physics.