Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
PH2229 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- General catalogue of special courses
- Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|300 h||100 h||10 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2229 is Wilhelm Zwerger.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
I) Classical Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
1) Second Law, Jarzinsky-Crooks Theorem
2) Onsager Theory, Minimal Entropy Production
3) Hydrodynamics, Navier-Stokes Equation
4) Boltzmann Equation, H-Theorem
5) Calculation of Transport Coefficients, Chapman-Enskog Method
II) Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Quantum Systems
1) Linear Response, Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem
2) Relaxation Functions, Ergodicity Breaking
3) Dynamics near Classical and Quantum Phase Transitions
4) Kibble-Zurek Dynamics
5) Periodically Driven Systems
6) Many-Body Localization
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||6||Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics||Zwerger, W.||
Learning and Teaching Methods
- R. Balian: From Microphysics to Macrophysics
- D. Forster: Hydrodynamic Fluctuations, Broken Symmetry and Correlation Functions
- S. Sachdev: Quantum Phase Transitions
References to the current literature will be given for chapters II.4-6
Description of exams and course work
In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 45 minutes.
There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.