PHY 625: Statistical Physics II
Please note that exact details of the course can vary
Professor: Dr. Gerhard Muller
Semester: Spring in alternate years
Prerequisites: PHY525 (readily waived by permission numbers).
Catalog Description: Statistical physics of soft condensed matter: colloids, polymers, gels, liquid crystals, amphiphiles, biological matter. Interactions, conformations, hierarchical structures, phase transitions, aggregation, self-assembly, kinetics, transport.
Course Goals & Outcomes
Upon completion, successful students will be able to:
- Understand important topics of statistical physics
- Further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Conduct physics research on a better foundation
This course meets 2 times per week for lecture.
Topics covered in this course include:
- Liquid crystals
- Surfaces and interfaces
- Elasticity, viscosity, and viscoelasticity
- Diffusion and permeation
- Ionic soft matter
- Biological matter
Dr. Gerhard Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LEC: (3 crs.) Equilibrium critical phenomena (critical exponents, scaling relations, multicritical phenomena). Exact solutions. Renormalization group theory and other approximate methods. Critical behavior of magnets, fluids, and surfaces. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 525 and 670.