TFY4275/FY8907 : Classical Transport Theory (Spring 2014)

General info

Instructor Ingve Simonsen

Lectures Mon. 16:15-17:00 (E5-105)
Thr. 08:15-10:00 (R3)
Exercises Mon. 17:15-18:00 (E5-105)


The course is concerned with central concepts in classical transport theory and their applications. The following topics are treated: stochastic variables, Markov processes, correlation functions, Wiener-Khinchin theorem, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, Chapman-Kolomogorov-Smoluchowski equations, master equation, Langevin equation and various so-called microscopic equations for describing particle transport. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physical contents and applications of transport theory to chemical reaction kinetics, complex networks, and scattering of light and photon transport in micro- and nanostructures.

Potential strike

  • You have probably heard about the possibility of strike from next week (week 22). Department of physics will be strongly affected by such a strike. For instance, there will most likely be no scientific staff available for answering questions during the exam. Otherwise the exam will take place as normal (to the best of my knowledge). Lets hope that there will be no strike.


  • Exam : May 28, 2014

Question hours

  • Due to illness in my family I will have to cancel the planned question hours on Monday May 26. You may contact me by email if you so wish and I will do my best to answer (not after the potential strike has started).
  • May 26, 2014; @ XX:XX in room E3-XXX Realfagsbygget (time/place to be announced)


  • Problem set : Please go here.
  • Due : Mar 24, 2014
  • List of those who passed is here.


The following books are suggesed literature: Note that none of these books alone cover the whole class.


  • Mar 12: The lecture on Mon. Mar 17 is canceled! Recall the project deadline on Mar. 24
  • Mar 12: The exam date will not be change. It will May 28 as originally announced.
  • Feb 15: The lecture on Thr. Feb 20 is canceled! Work on the project instead.
  • Feb 15: The project is now out
  • Jan 20: Location for Monday lectures/exercises will be E5-105
  • Jan 18: Monday lectures/exercises have moved to Mondays 16-18; so far a permanent room has been hard to locate, but it will be announced as soon as possible. For Monday Jan 20, information will be given on the web page and outside room R54.
  • Jan 05: The class will start by some practical information on Thr. 09 Jan at 09:15 in room R54.
    I will then give some general information about the class, and we will find proper times and places for the lectures. So please bring your schedules....


Reference Group

The members are:
  • Torstein Nesse (
  • Jean-Michael Poudroux (
  • Kilian Mitterweger (