FY8303 - Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Course content

The course is given next time autumn 2025.

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. The Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition. Brief introduction to gauge theories.

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 PhD-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 is normally given in English only.

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biophysics (PHBIFY)
Physics (PHFY)

Course materials

Will be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIF4941 7.5
FY3106 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


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