Advanced Statistical Physics


Lectures: Johannes Berg
Exercise classes: Simone Pompei

Statistical physics describes systems with many interacting degrees of freedom. Tools and concepts of statistical physics have applications
in condensed matter physics, but also far beyond the traditional realm of physics, for instance in the modeling of biological, economic,
or social systems. This lecture course covers the basic tools of modern statistical physics, as well as the required mathematical apparatus.
A particular aspect addressing fluctuations on different scales is the so-called renormalisation group, which emerges as the shared language between
quantum field theory, condensed matter physics, and statistical physics. Particular topics are
This lecture course is part of the Master course in physics.


Lectures are on Tuesdays 8:00-09:30 and Thursdays 10:00-11:30 in lecture theater III; the first lecture is on October 10th, 8:00

Teaching material

Here, you will find Mathematica notebooks on some analytically solvable models addressed in this course, as well as links to applets
and other material of interest.


J. Cardy, Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics, Cambridge University Press
N. Goldenfeld, Lectures on phase transitions and the renormalization group, Westview Press
N.G. van Kampen, Stochastic Processes in Physics and Chemistry, North Holland
M. Kardar, Statistical Physics of Fields, Cambridge University Press
M. Plischke and B. Bergersen, Equilibrium Statistical Physics, World Scientific
(in German) H. Römer and T. Fink, Statistische Mechanik, VCH

The best single book to start with is Kardar. This is the second volume of two. You may also want to look at the first volume
(Statistical Physics of Particles) to refresh your knowledge of elementary statistical physics. The topics of scaling and renormalisation are covered optimally in Goldenfeld.

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