Physics D16-2 - 20
STATISTICAL MECHANICS: CRITICAL PHENOMENA AND RENORMALIZATION THEORY
Instructor: Predrag Cvitanovic'
Office Address: Tech F332
Instructor home page: www.phys.nwu.edu/~predrag
Time: TTH 12:30-2:00
Room: L168 TCH
Expected Enrollment: 10
The renormalization theory is one of the crown jewels of theoretical physics. In this course we will focus on field theory, perturbation theory (Feynman diagrammatic methods) and the Kadanoff-Wilson renormalization group - the material covered in Chapter 5 of Chaikin and Lubensky. We start by reviewing the Landau theory of second-order phase transitions and then discuss fluctuations, scaling theory, and critical phenomena. This course complements (but does not require as a prerequsite) J. Sauls' winter quarter 1999 course, as well as other other graduate condensed matter and field theory courses.
TEXT: P.M. Chaikin and T.C. Lubensky, Principles of condensed matter physics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1995). The book should be in stock at Great Expectations,911 Foster, Evanston, tel. (847) 864-3881, firstname.lastname@example.org.
START: Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 in Tech L168.
PREREQUISITES: Previous exposure to statistical mechanics on the level of mean field theory of phase transitions.
TEACHING METHOD: Three lectures per week.
EVALUATION METHOD: One or more midterms, homework, and a take-home final exam.
COURSE HOME PAGE: www.phys.nwu.edu/~predrag/NUcourses/D16-2-sched99.html . Please contact email@example.com if you intend to take this course (to gauge the number of books to order).
26 Feb 1999