Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group

Phase Transitions and Renormalization Group


Kai Hebeler
S2|11 101, Tel. -21541
Office hours: Wed, 15:00-16:00

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of the Renormalization Group and application to different fields in physics. A special focus is put on the theoretical description of phase transitions and critical phenomena. The lecture will be held in English, but questions and discussions in German are of course welcome.


  • No lecture on June 7 (TU meet & move)
  • Time schedule:
    Mo, 9:50-11:30, room: S103/209
    Mi, 11:40-13:20, room: S115/133


  1. Introduction
  2. Review of crucial parts of statistical physics
  3. Phase transitions
  4. Mean field theory
  5. Introduction to the concepts of the Renormalization Group
  6. Applications of the Renormalization Group


  • Problem set 1
  • Problem set 2
  • Problem set 3
  • Problem set 4


Goldenfeld, Lectures on phase transitions and the renormalization group
Creswick, Farach, Poole, Introduction to renormalization group methods in physics
Pathria, Beale, Statistical Mechanics
Kopietz, Bartosch, Schütz, Introduction to the Functional Renormalization Group
Zinn-Justin, Phase transitions and renormalization group
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