FY802: Advanced statistical physics.

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N510004102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N510004101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


The course with this title is offered last time E18. From E19, the course continues with the title FY828. Students who fail to pass FY802 can, after E18, instead participate in FY828.
07007201 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in physics or equivalent degree; minor in Physics.

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to have knowledge of thermodynamics and equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Course introduction

Insight into methods, models and phenomena in modern statistical physics.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in a bachelor education in physics, in particular the course Thermal physics, and gives the knowledge basis needed for studying topics in physics of condensed matter that are placed later in the education.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course is to make the student able to:
  • Apply relevant models of equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena in systems with many degrees of freedom
  • Apply relevant numerical methods
  • Validate and interpret the results of both simulations and theoretical analyses
  • Critically examine different levels of description for the same physical phenomenon


The following main topics are part of the syllabus:
  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics: stochastic processes, master equations, irreversible thermodynamics, continuity equations, and transport coefficients. 
  • Critical phenomena and renormalization theory: 2nd order phase transitions, critical exponents and scaling at a critical point, renormalization and scale invariance, dynamical critical phenomena.


See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)




Oral exam




Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Approved reports and assignments, A closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value


Additional information

The exam takes a starting point in approved project reports written during the course.
Re-examination in the same exam period or in immediate extension.

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

90 hours per semester

Teaching Method

At the faculty of science, teaching is organized after the three-phase model ie. intro, training and study phase.

Activities during the study phase:
  • Study of the teaching material
  • Exercises and projects

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Michael Andersen Lomholt mlomholt@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci

Additional teachers

Name E-mail Department City
John Hjort Ipsen ipsen@memphys.sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci
Paolo Sibani paolo.sibani@sdu.dk Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci


Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

Team at Registration & Legality


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