Transport Theory
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Tilman Enss
Link to LSF
12 participants
Seminar: Transport Theory (MVSEM)
The seminar takes an indepth look at transport phenomena ranging from Brownian motion, superfluidity and superconductivity to advanced topics such as disordered systems, quantum critical transport and perfect fluidity. With these phenomena we will introduce and illustrate different theoretical descriptions such as the Langevin equation, the Boltzmann equation, hydrodynamics and holographic duality. This seminar counts as a compulsory master seminar (MVSEM) and is held in person with mandatory attendance.
Date and Location
Friday 11:1513:00h, Philosophenweg 19 seminar room starting April 21 (introduction).
All seminar topics have now been assigned and registration is closed. If you are interested you are welcome to come and listen to the talks (without credit).
Format
 60 minute talks on blackboard (you may use slides for illustration) followed by discussion
 10page writeup to be handed in 3 weeks after your talk
 attendance at all talks is mandatory
 6 credit points with grade based on talk, writeup and discussion

prerequisites: theoretical statistical physics (MKTP1)
Topics
 Brownian motion and Langevin equation
 FokkerPlanck equation
 The Kramers problem
 Kinetic theory and Boltzmann equation
 Hydrodynamics and conservation laws
 Linear response theory
 Superfluidity
 Superconductivity
 Josephson effect
 Disordered systems: Anderson localization, renormalization group
 Quantum critical transport

Perfect fluidity and holographic duality
Literature
 A. Altland and B. Simons, Condensed Matter Field Theory, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2010.
 K. Huang, Statistical Mechanics, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons 1987.
 C. Mudry, Lecture Notes on Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics, World Scientific 2014.
 L. Pitaevskii and S. Stringari, BoseEinstein Condensation, Oxford University Press 2003.
 S. Sachdev, Quantum Phase Transitions, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2011.
 H. Smith and H.H. Jensen, Transport Phenomena, Oxford University Press 1989.
 M. Tinkham, Introduction to Superconductivity, 2nd ed., McGrawHill 1996.
 R. Zwanzig, Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Oxford University Press 2001.
 W. Zwerger, Theory of Condensed Matter, Lecture Notes, Technical University Munich 2019.
Practice groups
 Group Seminar
12 participants
Philos.weg 19 / SR, Fri 11:15  13:00