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CRM > English > Activities > Curs 2013-2014 > A short introduction to Statistical Physics
A short introduction to Statistical Physics
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Dates: May 5 to 22, 2014

This course aims to give a practical guide to the concepts of Statistical Physics to students unfamiliar with this subject. The course starts by introducing the essentials of thermodynamics, information theory, and the microcanonical and canonical ensembles. Once the basic concepts have been covered, the Ising model is introduced, which serves as a guide to more advanced subjects: Critical phenomena and renormalisation group, dynamics of critical phenomena (Glauber and Kawasaki dynamics), and disordered systems and applications to neuroscience.


We expect to have three sessions of two hours each for three weeks. This may be subject to changes as the course progresses.

First week

"Introduction to Statistical Physics, equilibrium ensembles and critical phenomena"
,  lectures by Alvaro Corral

  • Monday May 5th, 14:00-16:00

  • Wednesday May 7th, 14:00-16:00

  • Thursday May 8th, 14:00-16:00

Second week

"Dynamics of the Ising model with conserved (Kawasaki) and non-conserved (Glauber) order parameter", lectures by Tomas Alarcón

  • Monday May 12th, 14:00-16:00

  • Wednesday May 14th, 14:00-16:00

  • Thursday May 15th, 14:00-16:00

Third week

"Applications to neuroscience: Attractor models of memory", lectures by Alex Roxin

  • Monday May 19th, 14:00-16:00

  • Wednesday May 21th, 14:00-16:00

  • Thursday May 22nd, 14:00-16:00


People interested in attending this short course should send an email to