Prof nadzw. Tomasz Wydro - Physics of the critical point



  • What are critical phenomena and why do we study them?
  • Phase transitions, critical points and critical lines
  • Microscopic modeling of systems
  • Solution of the two-dimensional ising model
  • Universality
  • Dilatation symmetry of critcal systems
  • Role of symmetry in the study of phase transitions
  • Some research directions not included in this series of lectures

Prof nadzw. Tomasz Wydro

Statistical Physics Group, University of Lorraine, France



1969: Master in Theoretical Physics, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland
1977: Ph. D. Nicolas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland


1973 - 1974: Gdansk Polytechnical University, Poland
1974 -1979: Gdansk University, Poland
1979 - 1982: Oran University, Algeria
1982 - Metz University, Lorraine University, France


  • Quantum and classical Heisenberg models
  • Numerical calculations of extinction angles for birefringence as a function of liquid velocity gradient
  • Birefringence in solutions undergoing the transition from laminar to Taylor vortex flow
  • Theoretical studies of polymer chains in solutions
  • Conformal field theory and 2D critical systems
    CFT predictions for new universal properties
    Critical properties at Yang-Lee singularities
  • Phase transitions in liquid crystals
    Influence of molecular shape fluctuations on stability of biaxial nematic phase
    Molecular modeling of liquid crystalline phases for bent-core systems


Phase transitions and critical phenomena
Conformal field theory applied to two-dimensional critical systems
Statistical physics of soft matter (polymers, liquid crystals)