Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

Fundamental Aspects of Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

Date: 27 - 30 March 2017

Convenors: Peter Reimann (Bielefeld, GER), Andreas Engel (Oldenburg, GER), Jochen Gemmer (Osnabrück, GER)

The main focus of this workshop will be on the question of how the characteristic dynamical and statistical properties of macroscopically large as well as relatively 'small' systems can be deduced and understood from first principles, i.e., directly from the basic microscopic laws of physics. Within this broad and over 100 year old research area, the main emphasis will be put on two topics of particular current interest, namely on the one hand the issue of whether and how isolated many-body systems approach thermal equilibrium, and on the other hand the adequate description and dedicated exploration of random fluctuations in small (sub-)systems under various externally imposed non-equilibrium conditions.

Some of the major themes are expected to be: equilibration, thermalization, relaxation processes and times, stochastic thermodynamics, fluctuation theorems, thermal and molecular machines.

Invited speakers:
Christian Van den Broeck (Hasselt)
Thomas Dahm (Bielefeld)
Barbara Drossel (Darmstadt)
Jens Eisert (Berlin)
Massimiliano Esposito (Luxembourg)
Fabian Essler (Oxford)
Pierre Gaspard (Brussels)
Martin Holthaus (Oldenburg)
Michael Kastner (Stellenbosch)
Stefan Kehrein (Göttingen)
Christian Maes (Leuven)
Kristel Michielsen (Jülich)
Juan Parrondo (Madrid)
Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston)
Sandu Popescu (Bristol)
Wojciech De Roeck (Leuven)
Udo Seifert (Stuttgart)
Tony Short (Bristol)
Marc Srednicki (Santa Barbara)
Robin Steinigeweg (Osnabrück)
Peter Talkner (Augsburg)
Hal Tasaki (Tokyo)
Masahito Ueda (Tokyo)

If you are interested in attending the workshop (possibly with a poster contribution) please contact Trixi Valentin (see below).

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