Frontiers In Physics, Pattern Formation, and Complex Materials Far From Equilibrium

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Over the past 60 years a range of inventive approaches have been pioneered to extend the applicability of condensed matter physics to a variety of problems in materials science and biology. This has extended the reach of physics in areas such as electrical conductivity in low dimensional and anti-ferromagnetic systems, pattern formation and kinetics during phase transitions, mechanical response of complex materials in the context of fracture and deformation and glasses (particularly below the glass transition temperature), and applications to complex adaptive matter. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss recent advances in selected areas of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and dynamics, many of which have been significantly influenced by the work of James Langer over the course of his long and productive career. We will be asking the speakers, both senior and junior, to reflect on the direction of the field, thereby providing a valuable synthesis of the progress that has been made over this time period, and, as such, it will be of particular interest to junior researchers in the field seeking to identify areas rich for future development.

  • Monday, October 26, 2015

    8:00: Breakfast and Registration

    8:45: Welcome by the Organizers

    Session 1
    9:00-9:30: Bob Sekerka, “Is there a connection between morphological instability and minimum entropy production?”
    9:30-10:00: Bill Bialek, “Birds, Brains, and Boltzmann”
    10:00-10:30: Lisa Manning, “Glassiness and Jamming in Biological Tissues”


    Session 2
    11:00-11:30: Vinay Ambegaokar, “Aspects of Quantum & Classical Brownian Motion”
    11:30-12:00: Amalie Frischknecht, “Ionic Aggregation and Dynamics in Ionomer Melts: Insights from Molecular Simulations”
    12:00-12:30: Jim Warren, “Modeling Diffusional Creep: Illusions of Completeness”


    Session 3
    2:00-2:30: Pierre Hohenberg, “Quantum Mechanics made ESEA”
    2:30-3:00: Michael Fisher, “Approaching Equilibrium in Superfluids”
    3:00-3:30: Andrea Liu, “Scaling theory of the jamming transition”


    Session 4
    4:00-4:30: Eran Bouchbinder, “Cellular Mechanosensitivity in Driven Systems”
    4:30-5:00: Michael Falk, “Progress and Challenges in the Mechanics of Amorphous Solids — Bridging from Atoms to Continua”
    5:00-5:30: James Langer, “Dislocation Theory in the 21st Century”

    5:30-7:30: Reception and Posters

    7:30-10:00: Banquet


    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    8:00-8.30: Breakfast

    Session 5
    8:30-9:00: Karin Dahmen, “Universal slip statistics: from nanocrystals to earthquakes”
    9:00-9:30: Chris Myers, “Function follows form follows function: networks, patterns and phase transitions in living systems”
    9:30-10:00: Takeshi Egami, “Local topological fluctuations in liquids and glasses”


    Session 6
    10:30-11:00: Premi Chandra, “The J1-J2 Model and the Polyakov Conjecture”
    11:00-11:30: Craig Maloney, “Elasto-plastic models of sheared glasses: reconciling results with atomistics and experiments”
    11:30-12:00: Michael Marder, “Simple Solutions to Complex Problems of Gas and Oil Production”


    Panel Discussion
    1:00-1:50: Panel Discussion: The Future of Interdisciplinary Science

    Session 7
    2:00-2:30: Nigel Goldenfeld, “Statistical theory of the decay of metastable turbulent states”
    2:30-3:00: Charles Lieou, “Dense granular flow — a nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach and implication of grain-scale processes for dynamic friction”
    3:00-3:30: Sharon Glotzer

    3:30-4:00: Alain Karma, “Fracture Pattern Formation”

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