Statistical Mechanics Study Group

Summer 2008

Time:  Thursdays of "odd" weeks at 4pm
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

8 May, 2pm
(Note changed date and time!)
15 May
Maths Seminar Room
Erik Van der Straeten
Parameter dependence of finite Markov Chains ...
... with applications on single molecule experiments
29 May
12 June
Giovanna Miritello
(University of Catania)
Nonlinear dynamics of coupled oscillators with long range interaction
26 June
Roberta Sinatra
(University of Catania)
Significant motifs in proteomes: analogies and differences through evolution
24 July, 2pm
Kai Helbig
(TU Chemnitz)
Dynamic Structure Factor of a 1D harmonic chain with mass disorder

Previous seminars can be found in our archive.

Last modified: July 21, 2008