Cooperative and critical phenomena



  1. Introduction to phase transitions and critical phenomena.
  2. Reticular models and universality classes.
  3. The mean field approach. The Landau theory. The hamiltonian of Ginzburg-Landau.
  4. Scale Invariance.
  5. The renormalization group.
  6. Kinetic Ising models.
  7. Kinetics of self-aggregation and gelation. The DLA model.
  8. The percolation theory.
  9. Surface growth and the KPZ equation.
  10. Emergence of collective behaviour. Flocking, swarming and herd behaviour.