• thermodynamics: thermodynamic potentials, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic cycles
  • equilibrium ensembles, partition functions
  • phase transitions, critical phenomena
  • interacting systems: Ising model, mean-field approximation
  • ideal quantum gases, Bose-Einstein codensation


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  • F. Schwabl, Statistical Mechanics (2n ed., Springer 2006)
  • F. Reif, Fundamentals of statistical and thermal physics (McGraw-Hill 1965)
  • W. Nolting, Grundkurs theoretische Physik 6: Statistische Physik (Springer 2005)