• Topics


    ·        Phenomenology: phase transitions and universality

    ·        Models: ising, Heisenberg, and more

    ·        Mean field theory and Landau-Ginzburg theory

    ·        Ising model in one dimension

    ·        Real space renormalization group

    ·        Renormalization group and field theory

    ·        Disorder, the Harris criterion, replica symmetry breaking

    ·        Quantum phase transitions

    ·        Superconductivity, vortices and the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition

    ·        The Kondo effect

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    • There is no one main textbook in the course. Some of the books, which are relevant to the course are listed bellow. 

      • Goldenfeld - Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group
      • Herbut - A modern Approach to Critical Phenomena
      • Ma - Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena 
      • Kardar - Statistical Physics of Fields
      • Binney, Dowrick, Fisher and Newman - The Theory of Critical Phenomena: An Introduction to the Renormalization Group
      • Menon - Renormalization Group Theory of Critical Phenomena
      • Amit - Field Theory, the Renormalization Group and Critical Phenomena
      • Stanley - Introduction to Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
      • Yeomans - Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions 

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      • Lecture/Tutorial

        Group What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
        1 Lecture Yigal Meir Sunday 13:00-16:00

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            • Grading

              There will be no exam in the course. The grade will be determined by the homework exercises and the final project.

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