A Kinetic View of Statistical Physics
- Event time: 11:30am
- Event date: 8th December 2010
- Speaker: Paul L. Krapivsky (University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
I will try to illustrate the essence of non-equilibrium statistical physics, the branch of science which is not so much the study of a specific subject per se, but rather a collection of ideas and tools that work for an incredibly wide range of problems. I will exemplify some of the key insights that have emerged from the analysis of far-from-equilibrium behaviors. As in other interacting many-particle settings, the large size often plays an advantageous, rather than deleterious, role in leading to simple collective properties. I'll focus on diffusion-reaction systems and I'll also discuss a connection with non-equilibrium spin systems.
This is a roughly weekly series of didactical blackboard talks focussing on some theoretical aspect of Condensed Matter, Biological, and Statistical Physics..