Statistical Physics

Scuola Normale Superiore
LEVEL
Bachelor
TYPE
Course
MODES
-
LANGUAGE
-
ECTS
90
PERIOD
27/09/2021 to 20/12/2021

Course Description

Basic notions of Thermodynamics. Principles of Statistical Mechanics. Microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Ideal gases and van der Waals gas. Phase equlibrium. Grand canonical ensemble. Bose and Fermi gases. Diamagnetism and paramagnetism. Ferromagnetism: variational method and mean field. Two-dimensional Ising model: Kramers-Wannier duality. An introduction to Conformal Invariance. The approach of equilibrium.

Subject area

Physics

Educational-info

Competences

Exposing students to a detailed description of equilibrium Statistical Physics, with emphasis also on its formal links with Quantum Mechanics, while also exploring important applications to atoms, molecules and other systems. The examples will touch upon ideas and results to be revisited in more advanced courses, and will occasionally highlight the limits of our current understanding. Some aspects of the approach of equilibrium will be addressed.

Duration

60h

ECTS

90

Validation mode

Oral Examination,Written Examination

Maximum number of students

30

Organizer

Partner

Scuola Normale Superiore

Faculty

Scuola Normale Superiore

Department

Classe di Scienze

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