Bilkent University     Department of Physics

PHYS 652 - Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Semester:Spring 2007
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228
Office Hours: Wednesday12:40 - 13:30 Room SA-228
All other times (if available -
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Room EA-G11
Course Schedule:
Wednesday 13:40 -15:30Room SA-Z02
Friday 12:40 - 13:30Room SA-Z02
Phys 552 or equivalent graduate course on Statistical Mechanics.

Grading will be based on a number of projects assigned during the course. The projects will involve computer implementations of the methods discussed in class as well as independent study of a number of topics.

Random variables and their transformations The Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations Boltzmann transport equation, the H-function, and its solutions The Wigner function The master equation, detailed balance The Ising model - solution to the 1-D model The 2-D Ising model - high and low temperature series, mean field theory Introduction to phase transitions and critical phenomena - the critical exponents The Monte-Carlo method, simulated annealing and molecular dynamics The renormalization group theory and its application to the Ising model Mid-semester Break Other model systems with more complicated phase diagrams - multicriticality Dynamic criticality - self ordered criticality Project presentations Project presentations Project presentations
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