Advanced Statistical Physics


Lectures: Johannes Berg
Exercise classes: Filippos Klironomos

Statistical physics describes interacting systems of many degrees of freedom. Tools and concepts of statistical physics find application in condensed matter physics, but also far beyond the traditional realm of physics, 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 tools.
This lecture course is part of the Master course in physics.


Lectures: Tuesday 14:00-15:30 and Wednesday 10:00-11:30 in lecture theater III
Exercises: Monday, time and place to be announced


J. Cardy, Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics, Cambridge University 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

The picture above, created by Linas Vepstas, visualizes the Boltzmann measure for the one-dimensional Ising model of 10 spins. Each pixel represents one configuration, see here for details and licensing.