This course covers the concepts in thermodynamics and statistical physics relevant to studying equilibrium in materials.

Part 1 (compulsory): Prof. Dimitri Vvedensky
16 lectures and 4 rapid feedback sessions, autumn term

  • Elements of thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamic potentials
  • Chemical potential and phase equilibria
  • Solid solutions
  • Phase diagrams

Part 2 (optional advanced): Prof. Mike Finnis
8 discussion classes, spring term

  • Thermodynamics of planar, line and point defects
  • Calculation of phase diagrams