Venue
Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden
Scope
Equilibrium statistical physics provides an extremely powerful, universal formalism that tells us how manyparticle systems in thermal equilibrium behave, and how we can characterize their properties by only a few macroscopic quantities. However, most systems and processes found in nature are out of equilibrium. Think of any living organism, or directed transport in cells mediated by molecular motors. On a more abstract level, the most important examples include systems in a nonequilibrium initial or transient state, systems which are driven away from equilibrium by externally imposed forces, gradients or other nonequilibrium sources, or systems which are maintained in a nonequilibrium steady state by perpetual energy conversion. Often these systems consist of only a few entities and are so small that thermal fluctuations play a prominent role. It has been a vision from the early days of statistical mechanics to develop a theoretical description for such small nonequilibrium systems that is comparably powerful and universal as is equilibrium statistical physics. In recent years a number of new ideas and approaches in this direction, such as largedeviation theory, nonequilibrium phase transitions, and stochastic thermodynamics, have led to the first discoveries of exact relations characterizing universal properties of small nonequilibrium systems, which are valid beyond linear response. The aim of this program is to bring together the leading experts in (nonequilibrium) statistical physics to critically discuss and evaluate the latest developments towards a universal theory for nonequilibrium systems.
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