Landau theory and the statics and dynamics of phase transitions



The Landau theory of phase transitions is a general framework based on the notion that near criticality, we encounter universal physics governed by the basic symmetries the system. We treat order parameters, the role of symmetries, saddle point approximations and various types of dynamics. We apply the concepts to magnets, (liquid) crystals, and introduce self consistent field theory for polymers.
Course period1/09/15 → …
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