# 260008 VO Advanced Statistical Physics and Soft Matter Physics (2021W)

## Labels

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## Registration/Deregistration

**Note:**The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

## Details

Language: English

### Lecturers

### Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday
11.10.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
12.10.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
18.10.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
19.10.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
25.10.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
08.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
09.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
15.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
16.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
22.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
23.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
29.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

N
Tuesday
30.11.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
06.12.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
07.12.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
13.12.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
14.12.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
10.01.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
11.01.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
17.01.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Tuesday
18.01.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

Monday
24.01.
09:00 - 10:30
Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

## Information

### Aims, contents and method of the course

### Assessment and permitted materials

Written, open-book exam in class. The purpose of the course is to make you able to solve physical problems associated with the structural and phase behavior of model systems. At this level, it would be preferable to have a take-home exam for a period of one week or 10 days but this is not allowed by law. Therefore, we will have the exam in a traditional way in class. You will be given a set of problems to solve but you will be allowed to use any book, lecture notes, paper or material you deem appropriate.

### Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50% of the total points at the final exam

### Examination topics

The Course forms a single entity with the associated exercise class 260009 PUE, which is listed separately for technical reasons only. The exercises are an integral part of the Course, because what we show in class will be worked upon and truly learned by individual and independent work on the homework sets of 260009 PUE. There will be one problem set distributed per week.If you attend the class, read the literature and do the homework problems, you will have commanded sufficient knowledge of the exam contents, implying that you will then be able to confront and solve physical problems at the level of those given at the homework assignments.Please visit the first class (October 11, 9:00 am at the Josef-Stefan Lecture Hall) for clarifications on the organizational details of the Class and the Exercises.

### Reading list

Christos N. Likos, Lecture Notes on Advanced Statistical Physics -- manuscript set at disposal at the Moodle website of the Course.Nigel Goldenfeld, Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group (Addison-Wesley, 1992)Daniel J. Amit, Field Theory, the Renormalization Group, and Critical Phenomena (World Scientific, 1998)Kerson Huang, Statistical Mechanics (Wiley, 1987)Michel Le Bellac, Quantum and Statistical Field Theory (Oxford, 1991)David Chandler, Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics (Oxford, 1987)Julia M. Yeomans, Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions (Oxford, 1992)Richard P. Feynman, Statistical Mechanics (Addison-Wesley, 1972)Shang-Keng Ma, Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena (Addison-Wesley, 1982)J. J. Binney, N. J. Dowrick, A. J. Fisher and M. E. J. Newman, The Theory of Critical Phenomena (Oxford, 1992)David C. Venerus and Hans Christian Öttinger, A Modern Course in Transport Phenomena (Cambridge, 2018)Michael E. Fisher, Renormalization group theory: Its basis and formulation in statistical physics, Rev. Mod. Phys. 70, 653 (1998)

## Association in the course directory

M-CORE 6, M-VAF A 1, UF MA PHYS 01a, UF MA PHYS 01b

*Last modified: We 29.09.2021 09:09*

2. Models and symmetries

3. Mean field- and Landau-theory; phase transitions

4. Classification of critical points; universality classes

5. Scaling theory and Landau-Ginzburg theory

6. Introduction to the Renormalization Group (RG): Hamiltonian flow and fixed points; relevant and irrelevant operators

7. RG and critical exponents; universality explained

8. Real-space RG: decimation and majority rule

9. Momentum-space RG: the Gaussian- and Wilson-Fisher fixed points

10. 2d-systems with continuous symmetry: topological defects and the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition