    Course module   NWINM029B  Category   MA (Master)  Language of instruction   English  Offered by   Radboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur en Sterrenkunde;  Lecturer(s)     Academic year   2018   Period   KW1KW2  (03/09/2018 to 27/01/2019) 
 Starting block   KW1  
 Course mode   fulltime  
 Remarks     Registration using OSIRIS   Yes  Course open to students from other faculties   Yes  Preregistration   No  Waiting list   No  Placement procedure    
      The course is focused on the concepts of order parameter, broken symmetry and scaling, with applications to solid state and soft condensed matter physics. General methods of theoretical physics such as path integrals and renormalization group are considered in a context of statistical physics. 

• Landau theory of phase transitions and the concept of order parameter.
• Ising model
• GinzburgLandau theory; the role of fluctuations. Correlation length.
• Concepts of scaling for the secondorder phase transitions and its qualitative justification
• Wilson theory of the phase transitions: renormalization group and εexpansion.
• Scaling concepts in polymer physics. Scaling properties of a single polymer chain.
• Percolation.




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• Landau theory of phase transitions and the concept of order parameter. Examples: structural phase transitions, magnetism, liquid crystals, superconductivity, superfluidity • GinzburgLandau theory; the role of fluctuations. Correlation length • Concepts of scaling for the secondorder phase transitions and its qualitative justification ("Kadanoff decimation") • Wilson theory of the phase transitions: renormalization group and µexpansion • Order parameter, broken symmetry and topological defects • Fluctuations in lowdimensional systems and MerminWagner theorem. BerezinskiKosterlitzThouless transition • Scaling concepts in polymer physics. Scaling properties of a single polymer chain • Introduction to the statistical physics of membranes • Percolation theory 
Bachelor Course Statistical Mechanics 
   Required materialsBookShangKeng Ma, Modern theory of critical phenomena, Perseus Books Group 


Recommended materialsBookGilles de Gennes, Scaling concepts in polymer physics, Cornell University Press 


Instructional modesCourse occurrence
 Lecture
 Tutorial
 Zelfstudie

 TestsExamTest weight   1 
Test type   Exam 
Opportunities   Block KW2, Block KW3 


  
 
 