Physics D16-2 - 20

**STATISTICAL MECHANICS: CRITICAL PHENOMENA AND RENORMALIZATION
THEORY **

**Instructor: **Predrag Cvitanovic'

**Office Address: **Tech F332

**Phone: **491-3235

**E-mail:** p-cvitanovic@nwu.edu

**Instructor home page:** www.phys.nwu.edu/~predrag

**Time: **TTH 12:30-2:00

**Room: **L168 TCH

**Expected Enrollment: **10

**COURSE DESCRIPTION: **

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,
greatexpectations@compuserve.com.

**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 p-cvitanovic@nwu.edu
if you intend to take this course (to gauge the number of books to order).

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26 Feb 1999
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