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Topics in Non-Equilibrium Physics Reading Group

We are meeting on Wednesdays, 5-6pm, in the seminar room D1.07.

At present we are reading the review article "The large deviation approach to statistical mechanics" by Hugo Touchette. (arXiv version here)

Everybody is welcome to come along! To support the learning process biscuits are provided by the department.

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Upcoming meetings:


  • 16th December 2015: Large deviations, part VII (Jonathan)
  • 17th December 2015: Addendum on entropy (Andrea)


Previous meetings:


Material: "The large deviation approach to statistical mechanics" by H. Touchette

  • 4th November 2015: Large deviations, part I (Joel)
  • 11th November 2015: Large deviations, part II (Fede)
  • 18th November 2015: Large deviations, part III (Tom)
  • 25th November 2015: Large deviations, part IV (Tom)
  • 2nd December 2015: Large deviations, part V (Diana)
  • 9th December 2015: Large deviations, part VI (Jonathan)

Material: "Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics: Linear irreversible processes" by N. Pottier

  • 28th October 2015: Chapters 3-5, Introduction to kinetic theory (Diana)

Material: "Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics" by S.R. de Groot and P. Mazur.

  • 20th April 2015: Introduction, Chapter II: Conservation Laws (Diana)

  • 27th April 2015: Chapter III: Entropy Law and Entropy Balance (Tom R.)
  • 20th May 2015: Summary and remainder of Chapter III (Jonathan)
  • 15th June 2015: III.4 (Jonathan) , Chapter IV: The phenomenological equations - part 1 (Diana)
  • 29th June: Ch. IV - part 2 (Diana)
  • 6th July: Chapter V: The stationary states (Neil J.)
  • 13th July: start of Chapter VI: Properties of the Phenom. Equations and the Onsager Relations (Federico)
  • 20th July: Ch. VII Discussion of the Statistical Foundations - Part 1 (Gwilym)
  • 27th July: Ch. VII Discussion of the Statistical Foundations - Part 2 (Gwilym)

Further reading: