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PHYS 5510: Advanced Statistical Physics
RenBao Liu
Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
[email protected]
20102011, 1st Term
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Lecturer: LIU Renbao
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ce: Science Centre North 205
Tel. 2609 6312
Mobile: 6308 4805
Language: English
/
Madrian
Email: [email protected]
Teaching Assistant: WANG Dawei
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ce: Science Center North Block 224
Tel: 6849 4363
Language: Mandarian
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English
Email: [email protected]
Time and Venue
LECT: Mon 16:30  18:15 (SHB503), Wed 16:30  17:15 (SHB503)
TUTO: Wed 17:30  18:15 (SHB503)
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ce hours: Fri 1:30 pm  3:30 pm (or by appointment)
Reference Books
1. M. Plischke and B. Bergersen, Equilibrium Statistcal Physics, 2nd ed. (World Scientiﬁc,
1994).
2. R. K. Pathria, Statistical Mechanics, 2nd Ed. (Elsevier, 2001).
3. L. E. Reichl, A Modern Course in Statistical Physics (1998).
4. S. K. Ma, Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena (Benjamin
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Cummings, 1976).
5. T. D. Lee, Statistical Mechanics (Chinese) (Shanghai, 2006)).
6. S. Sachdev, Quantum Phase Transitions (Cambridge, 1999).
Assessment Scheme
Homework: 30%
Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 40%
Academic honesty and ethic: Zero tolerance for cheating
Students should be aware of the University’s policy on academic honesty; please
see
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index.htm
In particular, collaborations with others should be explicitly acknowledged with
own e
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orts speciﬁed, and use of materials from existing sources including but not
limited to textbooks, monographs, journal papers, and websites should be clearly
referenced. Failure to obey such regulations will be considered for plagiarism and
cheating, which lead to severe disciplinary action up to termination of studies at the
University.
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1. Review of basic principles of statistical physics
2. Quantum statistics, (reduced) density matrix, entanglement
3. Nonideal gas, cluster expansion; Finitesystem, cluster correlation expansion
4. Spin models, quantum magnetisms
5. Meanﬁeld theory, phase transition
6. Symmetry breaking, order parameter
7. Fluctuation, correlation, critical phenomena
8. Renormalization group method
9. Introduction to quantum phase transition (optional)
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Chapter 1
Review of thermodynamics
1.1
Thermodynamic relations
We consider a system made of one kind of particles such as a singlecomponent gas, liquid,
or solid. The system is characterized by the following
macroscopic
quantities (temperature
T
,
entropy
S
), (pressure
P
, volume
V
), (magnetic ﬁeld strength
H
, magnetization
M
), (number of
particles
N
, chemical potential
µ
), and the total internal energy
U
.
1.2
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