Renormalisation Group (2019-2020)

External Lecturer(s): 
Dr Adam Nahum
General Prerequisites: 

Quantum Field Theory (MT),
Statistical Mechanics (MT) or equivalent.

Course Term: 
Course Weight: 
1.00 unit(s)

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

16 lectures in HT
Areas: PT/CMT
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Course Synopsis: 

This course introduces ideas of scale-invariance and the renormalisation group in statistical physics, using simple lattice models and field theories as examples. Topics include: Real space RG; Fixed points, scaling operators, operator product expansion etc.; Landau Ginsburg theory; Mean field theory; Large N approximation; the 4-epsilon expansion; the 2+epsilon expansion; the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition; The Sine-Gordon model; XY duality.