TYPE OF COURSE: COMPULSORY SUBJECTS, CHARACTERISTIC OF THE CLASS
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: Italian
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Understanding the fundamental aspects of quantum statistical mechanics and its most important applications.
Course contents summary
Outline of classical statistical mechanics.
Mixed states in quantum statistical mechanics. Density operator, statistical entropy.
Fundamental principle of statistical mechanics, quantum statistical ensembles. Ideal quantum gases, paramagnets, molecular rotations and vibrations, heat capacity of solids.
Phase transitions. Linear response.
K. Huang,Statistical Mechanics;
L. E. Reichl, A Modern Course in Statistical Physics;
J. M. Yeomans, Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions.
Theory lectures and computer numerical simulations