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Mathematical methods in theoretical physics

Course Code :2001WETMTP
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Michiel Wouters

3. Course contents *

Complex Analysis


  • Basics of complex functions: differentiation, integration
  • Contour integration: theorem of Cauchy and consequences
  • Taylor and Laurent series
  • Techniques to compute contour integrals


Statistical Mechanics


  • The partition sum of interacting systems
  • Second order phase transtions and critical exponents
  • Mean field theory of second order phase transtions
  • Landau theory of phase transitions
  • Introduction to the renormalization group