Replica Theory without tears

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Replica Theory without tears

Event details

The Replica method is often employed to analyse physical systems where disorder is present, for example 'spin glasses'. The mathematical aspects of the theory were developed in the late seventies and early eighties. From the theory emerged a physical picture of complex energy landscapes in terms of a valley structure. This picture appears valid today in the description of (ordinary) glasses.

In this talk I will try to explain the ideas of and physical picture of replica theory without getting into the technicalities that often obscure what's going on.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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