Les Houches Predoctoral School in Statistical Physics

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The methods of statistical mechanics are very powerful tools which have found much use in most branches of physics and are increasingly used in other disciplines such as biology, economics and finance. In this predoctoral school, through a series of lectures and work sessions, the students will be exposed to uses and applications of statistical mechanics in a broad range of subjects of high current interest in the quantum and classical domains both in and out of equilibrium. It is assumed that the students are familiar with the notions of equilibrium classical statistical mechanics (partition function, Maxwell distribution, calculating average values, etc.). The first week will focus on fundamentals: Quantum statistical mechanics and non-equilibrium processes will be addressed. The second week will make contact with currently active research subjects namely: (1) field theoretical methods will be discussed as applied to cold bosonic and fermionic trapped atoms and (2) the statistical physics of dissipative systems in particular as applied to granular and traffic systems.

Organizers: G. George Batrouni and Michel Le Bellac

* Deadline for applications: April 30, 2007 *

This event is funded by the les Houches Predoctoral School, INTERCAN and the European Science Foundation.