After completion of this course, the student is able to;
- Apply the Gibbs sum formalism to systems in diffusive equilibrium,
- understand the properties of ideal classical and quantum (Fermions, Bosons) gases,
- understand the consequences of interactions for the phase behavior of many body systems,
- understand the nature of a Bose-Einstein condensate.
One of the important aspects of modern physics is establishing the link between the thermodynamic and microscopic properties of a macroscopic system. Here we develop our understanding of systems in diffusive equilibrium using partition functions and the Gibbs sum formalism. We then derive Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics and apply them to degenerate quantum gases. We particularly focus on several prototypical systems including ions at aqueous solutions, electrons in solids, blackbody radiation, phonons in solids and Bose-Einstein condensates.
The assessment plan for this course will be published no later than 2 weeks before the starting block of the course on https://www.utwente.nl/nl/tn/onderwijs/toetsschemas/
Participation for Non-TN Students
This course is accessible to non-TN students. One can enrol via Osiris student.