Phase transitions (2018/19 Spring)
Lecturers: Gergely Zaránd and János Török
Time and location: Thursday: 14:1516:00, K376
Office hours: once in every three weeks, location and time will be specified later
Language of course: English, discussions can be in Hungarian, exams can be taken in Hungarian, too.
Grading: There are two ways to pass.
Oral exam: Everyone receives two subjects, from a list of subjects.
List of subjects (will be given later)
Problem solving: You can also obtain a grade through problem solving, but to take this opportunity, you
must be present at least at 80% of the lectures (i.e., you can miss 2 lectures).

You shall receive 4 problem sets in course of the semester.

From each set you must collect at least 10 points to pass, but you cannot collect more than 30 points.

Grading is then as follows: 2 (>=50 points); 3 (>=60 points); 3 (>=70 points); 4 (>=80 points); 5 (>=90 points).

You are allowed to discuss with others and ask for help with the lecturers in case you are stuck, but we request independent work. In other words, you can help others and exchange sometimes ideas, but you are NOT allowed to copy.

Deadlines shall be specified within each set. Delay implies a loss of 2 points/day.
Problems: problems2019.pdf
Handouts: Will come...
Subjects (tantative):

Mean field theory, critical exponents, Ginzburg criterion

Lower critical dimension, Goldstone modes.

HubbardStratonovic transformation, continuum theory, Goldstone modes large N limit

The Basics of renormalization: decimation the one dimensional Ising model, higher dimensions and critical point.

The twodimensional Ising case: the generalized transformation, fixed points, critical surface, relevant and irrelevant operators.

Critical scaling all the free energy, universal exponents, correlation functions of scaling operators

Finite size scaling

Quantum critical systems: discussion of the onedimensional Ising chain. Quantum classical mapping, higher dimensional phase diagrams.



Super fluidity and the XY model. Vortices and KosterlitzThouless phase transition.



Surface roughening

Topological phase transitions
Literature:

John Cardy: Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Subir Sachdev, Quantum Phase Transitions, Cambridge University Press (2011).
Supplementl Material: