Phase transitions

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Faculty: Guilhem Semerjian
Tutors: Gabriel Gouraud, Ludwig Hruza
ECTS credits: 3
Language of instruction : English
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Exam: written
Covid-19 alternative examination: Oral examination

Description

Several physical systems exhibit phase transitions, i.e. abrupt modifications of their properties when a parameter crosses a threshold value: liquids become gases at the evaporation temperature, magnets lose their magnetic properties at the Curie temperature, etc. Despite the diversity of these systems one observes a striking universality among these phase transitions, with notably the equality of the critical exponents, that describe the behavior of the system in a neighborhood of the phase transition, for a whole class of apparently unrelated problems. This course will present the statistical mechanics approach to phase transitions, describe some generic results about their existence and their mean-field treatment, and give an elementary introduction to statistical field theory and the renormalization group ideas that explain the universality.

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