Statistical Mechanics Study Group

Autumn 2008

Time:  Thursdays of "odd" weeks at 5pm (note new time!)
Location:  Maths Room 513

General Idea: The aim of these meetings is to provide a forum to discuss both our own work and other recent (or not-so-recent) developments in statistical mechanics. This is intended to be a "study group" not a "seminar" – speakers are asked to proceed slowly and audience participation is actively encouraged. After each talk there is also the opportunity for further informal discussions in more relaxed surroundings.

Schedule: The list below gives a provisional outline of talks planned for this semester. Please note, however, that our schedule is fairly flexible to allow for the evolving interests of the group. As term progresses, the titles will be updated to link to any relevant resources (abstract, notes/slides, references etc.).

Organizer: Rosemary Harris; if you want to be on the group's mailing list, or perhaps want to give a talk yourself, please email me at

9 October
Mark Walters
23 October
A bluffer's guide to spectral theory
30 October
(extra session!)
The spectral theorem: burn your bras and kets
6 November
Room 410
Friedrich Lenz
(Dresden / QMUL)
Modelling traffic with Fokker-Planck equations
20 November
Baowen Li
(National University of Singapore)
4 December

Previous seminars can be found in our archive.

Last modified: December 2, 2008