Critical phenomena in condensed matter and particle physics

Who: Oleg Antipin (CP3-Origins)
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:15
Where: U49B

Portrait of Oleg AntipinCritical phenomena is the collective name associated with the physics of critical states of complex physical systems. These critical states occur when special conditions for the parameters (such as temperature, pressure, magnetization, etc) are chosen. In this lecture I will give several pedagogical examples of critical phenomena using the framework of the renormalization group.

The key concepts that I hope to explain include: critical exponents, universality, fractal behavior, phase transitions, renormalization group, correlation length, fixed point.

The talk is intended for our genius students, but everybody is welcome.