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Viewpoints on Emergent Phenomena in Non-equilibrium Systems

Abstract

Until recently, establishing the fundamental physical principles of systems that are far from equilibrium – e.g., because they are driven by their environment, are slowly relaxing to an equilibrium state, or are excited by non-thermal fluctuations – has been a largely theoretical enterprise. Advances in experimental techniques (e.g., on small quantum-mechanical or biological systems subject to strong fluctuations) have led to a much greater practical relevance of this theory to the extent that understanding and controlling far-from-equilibrium systems is recognised as a 21st Century "Grand Challenge" area by bodies such as the EPSRC. The "Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium" network was established by the EPSRC to draw together the UK's research activity and develop a focus for future research in this area.


Timetable

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Sessions

23 Jun 2014 09:00
Arrival and welcome

23 Jun 2014
Quantum mechanical systems far from equilibrium

09:15—09:45
Quantum mechanical systems out of equilibrium (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Caux, Jean-Sebastien (University of Amsterdam)
09:45—10:15
Emergence and non-equilibrium in strongly-correlated electron systems (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Pfleiderer, Christian (Technical University of Munich)
10:15—10:25
Response 1 (0h10′)
10:25—10:35
Response 2 (0h10′)
11:00—11:30
Group discussions (0h30′)
11:30—12:00
Input to roadmap (0h30′)

23 Jun 2014 12:15
Business meeting

23 Jun 2014
Emergent phenomena in complex systems

14:15—14:45
A perspective on physics, emergence and economics: A growth area for nonequilibrium science (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Buchanan, Mark
14:45—15:15
Economic and financial crises: Some challenges (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Bouchaud, Jean-Philippe (Capital Fund Management)
15:15—15:25
Response 1 (0h10′)
15:25—15:35
Response 2 (0h10′)
16:00—16:30
Group discussions (0h30′)
16:30—17:00
Input to roadmap (0h30′)

23 Jun 2014 17:15
Advisory Board Meeting

23 Jun 2014 19:00
Conference Dinner

24 Jun 2014
Arrested states in condensed matter physics

09:15—09:45
The Glass Problem (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Kurchan, Jorge (Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris)
09:45—10:15
Poles of order and disorder (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Nagel, Sidney (University of Chicago)
10:15—10:25
Response 1 (0h10′)
10:25—10:35
Response 2 (0h10′)
11:00—11:30
Group discussion (0h30′)
11:30—12:00
Input to roadmap (0h30′)

24 Jun 2014 12:15
Business Meeting

24 Jun 2014
Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics

14:15—14:45
Presentation 1 (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Majumdar, Satya (Universite Paris-Sud)
14:45—15:15
Far-from-equilibrium Statistical Dynamics of Small Systems: Past, Present and Future (0h30′)
Speaker(s):
  • Crooks, Gavin (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
15:15—15:25
Response 1 (0h10′)
15:25—15:35
Response 2 (0h10′)
16:00—16:30
Group discussion (0h30′)
16:30—17:00
Input to roadmap (0h30′)

24 Jun 2014 17:00
Departure

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Viewpoints on Emergent Phenomena in Non-equilibrium Systems

Higgs Centre Workshop
The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
James Clerk Maxwell Building
Peter Guthrie Tait Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3FD
UK

Organisers

Key speakers

  • Caux, Jean-Sebastien (University of Amsterdam)
  • Pfleiderer, Christian (Technical University of Munich)
  • Buchanan, Mark
  • Bouchaud, Jean-Philippe (Capital Fund Management)
  • Kurchan, Jorge (Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris)
  • Nagel, Sidney (University of Chicago)
  • Majumdar, Satya (Universite Paris-Sud)
  • Crooks, Gavin (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)