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PHY 625: Statistical Physics II

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

 Professor: Dr. Gerhard Muller

Semester: Spring in alternate years
Credits: 3
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

Course Description

This course meets 2 times per week for lecture.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Colloids
  • Polymers
  • Surfactants
  • Liquid crystals
  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Elasticity, viscosity, and viscoelasticity
  • Diffusion and permeation
  • Self-assembly
  • Ionic soft matter
  • Biological matter
  • Microfluidics

Detailed topic outline: Here 

Course syllabus for current semester: Spring 2019 

Contact Information:

Dr. Gerhard Muller (

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.

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