Course Code MSE402
Semester 8
Category Optional
Points 3
ECTS Units 6
Recommended Reading

Textbooks in Greek language

S. J. Blundell, K. M. Blundell, “Thermal Physics”, Crete University Press, Heraclion, 2017.

I. D. Vergados, I. N. Remediakis, Η. Triantafyllopoulos, “Statistical Physics & Thermodynamics”, 4th edition, Symeon Editions, 2017.

F. Mandl “Statistical Physics”, 2nd edition, Α.G.Pneymatikos Editions, Athens, 2013.

Ε. Ν. Economou “Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics”, Crete University Press, Heraklion, 2002.

Textbooks in English

Dugdale, J. S., “Entropy and Low Temperature Physics”, Hutchinson University Library, (1966).

Kittel C., Kroemer H., “Thermal Physics”, CBS Publishers & Distributors, (1980).

Pryde J. A., “The Liquid State”, Hutchinson University Library, (1966).

Reif F., “Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics”, McGraw-Hill, (1965).

Rosser W. G. V., “An Introduction to Statistical Physics”, Ellis Horwood, (1982).

Statistical Physics I – Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, M. Toda, R. Kubo and N. Saito, 2nd Edition, Springer, 1998.

Statistical Mechanics, R. K. Pathria and P. D. Beale, 3rd Edition, Academic Press, 1996.

Statistical Physics of Particles, M. Kardar, Cambdridge University Press, 2007.

Course Description
  1. Applications of statistical ensembles on special topics in solid state physics: Debye theory for the heat/thermal capacity of solids. Phonon gas. Black body radiation – Photon gas.
  2. Applications of Fermi Dirac and Bose Einstein quantum statistics/distributions on ideal Fermi and Bose gases. Applications in Astrophysics: White dwarfs and neutron stars. Bose-Einstein condensation. Superfluidity.
  3. Phase equilibrium – Phase diagrams and plase transitions. Ising model. Mean field theory. Critical phenomena. Landau theory.
  4. Classical Statistical Mechanics. Theorem of energy equipartition. Applications in solid crystals and mono/polyatomic molecules.
  5. Real classical gases. The role of interactions between atoms. Cluster expansion. Virial coefficients.