Transport models in classical and quantum physics

Transport models in classical and quantum physics

The course is aimed at introducing descriptions of transport and nonequilibrium phenomena in the two broad contexts provided by plasmas and condensed matter systems.

Statistical mechanics of neutral interacting gases, Saha equation. Equilibrium statistical mechanics of ionized gases.
Boltzmann equation via BBGKY hierarchy.
Microscopic models of plasmas: Vlasov and Fokker-Planck approaches. Macroscopic models of plasmas: Magnetohydrodynamics. Considerations on equilibrium, waves and instabilities in plasmas. Perturbation theory at equilibrium.
Keldysh formalism.
Out of equilibrium perturbation theory. Selected applications to electronic transport.


Schedule:  First lecture on December 19, then continuing in January and February (two lectures each week).


Exams: Multiple choice final test plus seminar on a selected research topic.