Chapter 9: Critical Phenomena

Landau theory is a mean-field theory approach to phase transitions. Although the theory does not usually provide accurate values for critical exponents, it provides a useful qualitative picture of phase transitions. The renormalization group method provides not just a calculation approach for determining the critical exponents, but also a conceptual understanding of phase transitions.

We will use the renormalization group to study the simplest statistical physics model, percolation as well as the Ising model.

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