December 9, 2013 - 2:00 pm
December 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm
Samaya Nissanke (Caltech)
December 11, 2013 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room A4, DRL
Matthieu Wyart, New York UniversityComplex systems are characterized by an abundance of meta-stable states. To describe such systems statistically, one must understand how states are sampled, a difficult task in general when thermal equilibrium does not apply. This problem arises in various fields of science, and here I will focus on a simple example, sand. Sand can flow until one jammed configuration (among the exponentially many possible ones) is reached.
February 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room A4, DRLScott Tremaine, Institute for Advanced Study - RITTENHOUSE LECTURE