Random Interactions

Mini-Course on Phase Transitions and Ordering (7 lectures with intervening interactive tutorials)

by Prof. Mustansir Barma (TCIS, TIFR Hyderabad)

Monday, March 6, 2017 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at A304
Tutorials to be announced in class


Ordered Phases and Phase Transitions: Phenomenology; Definitions; Models and Mappings 

Mean Field Theory:  Variational basis; Ornstein-Zernike Theory; Ginzburg Criterion

General Results on Ordering: Lower critical dimension; Peierls proof of ordering; Mermin-Wagner result on absence of ordering

Critical Phenomena: Fluctuations and their growth; Scaling; Universality 

Renormalization Group: Basic idea; Block spins; Real-space RG

Time-dependent properties: Glauber and Kawasaki dynamics; Phase ordering kinetics

Ordered Phases out of Equilibrium: Nonequilibrium steady states and phase transitions; Fluctuation-dominated order