PHY6937-0002: Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

  Fall 2017

Lectures: 2:15-3:45 pm, Monday and Wednesday, HCB 207 (HCB Classroom Bulding).

Professor : Vladimir Dobrosavljevic, 611 Keen Building or A315 MagLab, 644-9755 or 644-5693,

Office Hours: by appointment. You are also welcome to contact me whenever you have questions.

Lecture Notes (by V. Dobrosavljevic)

Course Assignments


Useful texts:

         blueball Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, by P. M. Chaikin, and T. C. Lubensky (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

         blueball Thermodynamics, by Enrico Fermi (Dover, 1956).

         blueball Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group, by Nigel Goldenfeld (Westview Press, 1992).

         blueball Quantum Phase Transition, by Subir Sachdev (Cambridge University Press, Second Edition, 2011).

Useful Web pages and review articles:

blueball Ben Simons'  Lecture Notes: (University of Cambridge).

blueball M. E. Fisher: Renormalization group theory: Its basis and formulation in statistical physics, Rev. Mod. Phys. 70, 653-681 (1998)

blueball M. E. Fisher: The renormalization group in the theory of critical behavior, Rev. Mod. Phys. 46, 597-616 (1974)

The instructor's recent research activity: Bad Metals Research Group