6th Warsaw School of Statistical Physics

25 June – 2 July 2016, Sandomierz, Poland

Lecture abstracts


Bernard Derrida

Classical transport, steady states and large deviations in non equilibrium 1d systems

The lectures will review some properties of non-equlibrium diffusive systems in their steady state (existence of long-range correlations, non-locality of the large deviation function of the density, large deviation function of the current and its symmetries). They will also present some recent progresses as well as open problems on density and current fluctuations in non steady state situations or for non diffusive systems.


Siegfried Dietrich

Critical Casimir forces

Long-ranged correlations in a fluid near its critical point lead to clearly identifiable effective forces acting on confining walls. The corresponding universal scaling functions are discussed for various boundary conditions and geometries. The theoretical predictions are compared with high precision experimental data for He^4 and He^3/He^4 wetting films near the superfluid phase transition as well as with synchrotron scattering data from classical binary liquid mixtures. Direct measurements and applications for colloidal suspensions are discussed in detail.


L. Mahadevan


The borderlands between elasticity and hydrodynamics lead naturally to a number of problems in elastohydrodynamics. I will discuss some phenomena this rich area: the physics of fluid-infiltrated soft solids, thin film elastohydrodynamics in adhesion and lubrication, and the mathematical description of singularities associated with touchdown.


Kim Sneppen

Models of Life

Biology presents an astounding diversity of discrete states or species, that coexist over time-scales much longer than the characteristic times of the underlying degrees of freedom. Furthermore, these phenomena range from the scale of gene regulatry patterns to cells and to that of populations. On the sub-cellular scale, molecular competition and positive feedback acting on short time scales maintain cells in specialized states, setting the foundation for complexity of multicellular organisms. On larger scales, competition in turn selects for ecosystems where different species coexist over long intervals of time. The lectures will explore how competition can act as an "engine" for this diversity, using tools from statistical mechanics and complex systems. I will in particular introduce models of basic biological mechanisms, including gene regulation, epigenetics, and mechanism for evolving biological diversity in food webs and ecosystems. The topics are partly covered in the book "Models of Life" (2014).


Herbert Spohn

Nonlinear fluctuating hydrodynamics

The lecture will be about problems disussed in recently published two review type articles:
1. "The Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation - a statistical physics perspective" [arXiv:1601.00499],
2. "Fluctuating hydrodynamics approach to equilibrium time correlations for anharmonic chains" [arXiv:1505.05987]


Daniel Ueltschi

Loop soup models, their connections to classical and quantum spin systems, and their universal behaviour in 3D

Lecture notes: [pdf (38 MB)]

Many classical and quantum spin systems can be described by models of random loops. I will describe the representations of Symanzik and Brydges-Fröhlich-Spencer (classical), and of Tóth and Aizenman-Nachtergaele (quantum).
These are examples of “loop soup” models that display a universal behaviour in dimensions 3 and higher: At low temperatures, the system contains macroscopic loops and the joint distribution of their lengths is given by a Poisson-Dirichlet distribution. This can be understood (and calculated) by viewing the loop distribution as the invariant measure of an effective spit-merge process.
I will explain the relevant notions. If time permits, I will derive some consequences of this universal behaviour regarding the nature of symmetry breaking in quantum spin systems.