Statistical Mechanics Study Group

Summer 2009

Time:  Thursdays of "odd" weeks at 5pm (unless otherwise indicated)
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

14 May
postponed to 4 June
1 June (joint with DSSP seminar)
4pm, Room 203
Leonid Bunimovich
(Georiga Tech.)
23 June
4pm, Room 203
Lamberto Rondoni
The physics of irreversible phenomena
25 June
4pm, Room 203
Lamberto Rondoni
Deterministic thermostats and fluctuation relations
30 June
4pm, Room 203
Georgie Knight
Linear and fractal diffusion coefficients for a family of shifted, one-dimensional maps
2 July
4pm, Room 203
Erik Van der Straeten
Superstatistics: From utopia to the real world

Previous seminars can be found in our archive.

Last modified: June 16, 2009