M. Sc. (Physics):Liquid Crystals:Physics of colloids & surfaces

Thapar University
In Patiala

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  • Master
  • Patiala

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Thapar University P.O Box 32, 147004, Punjab, India
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Course programme

First Semester

Classical Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Physics Lab I
Fundamentals of Computer Science and C Programming

Second Semester

Condensed Matter Physics
Experimental Techniques in Physics
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Physics Lab II

Third Semester

Particle Physics
Nuclear Physics
Semiconductor Physics
Physics Lab III

Fourth Semester


Physics of colloids & surfaces

The Liquid State: Solids, Liquids and Gases, Classification of Liquids, Molecular Motion in Liquids, Liquid Mixtures.

Theory of Imperfect Gases: Canonical form, Grand Canonical form, Quantum Mechanical Calculation of Second Virial Coefficient, Completely Ionsized Gas, Cell Theories.

Equilibrium Structure of Dense Fluids: Pair Distribution Function, Thermodynamic functions in dense fluids, Born-Green-Yvon equation, Kirkwood Superposition Approximation.

Numerical Solution of the Integral Equation: Low density solutions: Lennard-Jones systems, Liquid-density solutions.

Phase Transitions: Yang-Lee condensation, KBGY equations and Kirkwood stability criterion.

The Critical Point: Experimaental determination of the critical exponents, Conducting fluids, Ising model and Onasagar’s solution.

Liquid Surface: Formal theory of surface tension, Step model of Liquid Surface, Single particle distribution, Liquid-Metal surface.

Liquid Metals: Nearly-free-electron model, Calculation of resistivity, Alloys.

Liquid Crystals: Cholesteric liquid crystals, Semectic liquid crystal, Semectic –Nematic Isotropic Phase Transition, Molecular model for phase transitions in biological memberanes,

Numerical Methods in the Theory of Liquids: Molecular dynamics methods, Monte Carlo method, Comparison of molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo methods, Diffusion coefficient, Quantum liquids, Surface phenomena, Investigation of the friedel oscillations, Phase tyransition of a hard-ellipse system,.

Transport Phenomena: Boltzmann transport equation, Fokker-Plank equation, Smoluchowski equation, Friction constant, Viscous Shear Flow,

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