FY3106 - Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2014/2015

Course content

The course is given every other year, next time spring 2016. Phase transitions. Properties near critical points. Multicomponent Landau theory. Universality classes. Overview of simple models. Scaling. Correlation functions. Renormalization theory: Direct space and k-space renormalization. Kosterlitz-Thouless transitions.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to obtain considerable insight into various types of phase transitions, and how these can be described theoretically in different ways, e.g., using renormalization group theory. The course is well suited for master students who want an introduction to advanced statistical physics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Voluntary calculation exercises. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Will be decided at the start of the course.


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.