Calendar

Each of the eight main topics for this course cuts across several lecture sessions.

TOPIC # Topics
1

Statistical Ensembles

Microcanonical Ensemble 
- Concept of Entropy and Temperature 
- Spins in Magnetic Fields

Canonical Ensemble 
- Classical Gas

Grand Canonical Ensemble 
- Chemical Potential 
- Equilibration of Chemical Reactions

van der Waals Model and Phase Transitions

2

Ising Model and Phase Transition

Meanfield Theory and Second Order Phase Transition

Symmetry Breaking and Phase Transition

Symmetry Breaking and Ginsburg-Landau Theory

Spins in Magnetic Field and First Order Phase Transition

Water-vapor-ice

Liquid Crystals

3

Fluctuations

Thermal Fluctuations

Fluctuation-Response Relation

Coherent Length and Local Fluctuations of Order Parameter

4

Quantum Ideal Gas: Bose Gas and Bose Condensation

Photon Gas and Black Body Radiation

Phonon Gas and Thermal Properties of Solids

Bose Condensation

5

Interacting Bose Gas

Wave Function of Condensed Bosons

Gross-Pitaevsky Equation

Ginsburg-Landau Theory for Superfluid

Collective Excitation in Superfluids

Superfluidity

6

Quantum Ideal Gas: Fermi Gas

Metal and Fermi Liquid

Semiconductors

White Dwarf and Neutron Stars

7

Transport

Hydrodynamics and Euler’s Equation

Sound Waves

Diffusion and Random Walks

Damping of Sound Waves by Diffusion

Viscosity and Navier-Stokes Equation

Heat Conduction

Transport in Metal and Drude Model

Hall Effect

Boltzmann Equation and Thermoelectric Effects

8

Noises

Fluctuation-Dissipation Relation

Langevin Equation-Dynamics of Random Walks

Power Spectrum and Noises

Noises in RC Circuit

Course Info

Learning Resource Types

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assignment Problem Sets