Statistical Physics 2
Year:  20182019 

Catalog number:  4062SFS26 
Teacher(s): 

Language:  English 
Blackboard:  Yes 
EC:  6 
Level:  300 
Period:  Semester 1 
Hours of study:  57:00 hrs 
 Yes Elective choice
 Yes Contractonderwijs
 Yes Exchange
 Yes Study Abroad
 No Evening course
 Yes A la Carte
 No Honours Class
Admission Requirements
Description
We first will combine notions discussed in Statistical Physics 1 and Quantum Mechanics to derive a conceptual picture of BoseEinstein condensation. Subsequently, we will increase the complexity of the systems to allow for interactions between objects. This requires the introduction of approximation methods. We will specifically discuss the virial expansion, the van der Waals equation of state, low and hightemperature expansions, and mean field theory. This will give us handles to study complex problems like the gasliquid phase transition, the spontaneous magnetization of a system of interacting spins, and the interaction between charged objects immersed in a salt solution. Further we will extend our studies towards systems that are out of equilibrium. The notion of steadystate will be introduced. Approximation methods will be developed that permit to describe how systems reach to equilibrium. We will see how system noise is deeply connected to the way the system approaches towards equilibrium.
Course objectives
After sucessul completion of the course students have knowledge about BoseEinstein condensation, meanfield theory, virial expansion, Landau theory, linear response, the fluctuationdissipation theorem, and the FokkerPlanck equation. Students will be able to apply those concepts to examples from solidstate physics to biology and finance.
Timetable
Mode of instruction
Lectures and Exercise Classes
Assessment method
Written exam
Homework (bonus)
Blackboard
Lecture notes, additional readings and assignments will be provided.
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Reading list
Daijiro Yoshioka, Statistical Physics, An Introduction
Excerpts from (will be provided): Claude Garrod, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics; Frederick Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics
Contact
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