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Pathia & Beale (third edition)
Statistical Mechanics II (Fall, 2017)

Lecturer: Prof. Hsiu-Hau LIN
Schedule: 13:20 - 16:20 on Fridays
Textbook: Statistical Mechanics by Pathria and Beale (third edition)

Course description

I plan to cover four major topics in the textbook:
  • Method of Quantized Fields
  • Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
  • Renormalization Group
  • Quantum Biology

The course materials are fully contained in the LaTEX notes below and may not follow the textbook closely. Be sure to work out all homework problems at the end of each notes so that you get the hands on the technical details.



Syllabus


Week 1
Sep 15: Introduction

Week 2
Sep 22: Quantization of matter fields

Week 3
Sep 29: Bose liquids

Week 4
Oct 6: Bose liquids 2

Week 5
Oct 13: Fermi liquids

Week 6
Oct 20: Fermi liquids 2

Week 7
Oct 27: Quantum biology

Week 8
Nov 3: Quantum biology 2

Week 9

Nov 10: Quantum biology 3

Week 10
Nov 17: Phase transitions and renormalization group

Week 11
Nov 24: Order-disorder transitions

Week 12
Dec 1: Order-disorder transitions 2

Week 13
Dec 8: Order-disorder transitions 3

Week 14
Dec 15: Renormalization group

Week 15
Dec 22: Renormalization group 2

Week 16
Dec 29: Renormalization group 3

Week 17
Jan 5: Renormalization group 4

Week 18
Jan 12: Final Week