 
Summary: PREDOCTORAL SCHOOL ON
Statistical Physics
August 26 September 7, 2007
The methods of statistical mechanics are very powerful tools which have found much use in most branches of physics and are increasingly
used in other disciplines such as biology, economics and finance. In this predoctoral school, through a series of lectures and work sessions,
the students will be exposed to uses and applications of statistical mechanics in a broad range of subjects of high current interest in the
quantum and classical domains both in and out of equilibrium. It is assumed that the students are familiar with the notions of equilibrium
classical statistical mechanics (partition function, Maxwell distribution, average values, etc.).
Organizers: G. George Batrouni and Michel Le Bellac, Institut NonLinéaire de Nice (INLN), Université de NiceSophia Antipolis
Lecturers
Week 1
G. George Batrouni, Frédéric Hébert (INLN): Quantum Statistical Mechanics
Michel Le Bellac (INLN): NonEquilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Week 2
Yvan Castin, Félix Werner (LKB, ENSParis): Field Theory Methods and Statistical Mechanics of Cold Bosonic and Fermionic Atoms
Michael Schreckenberg (Duisburg): Statistical Physics of Dissipative Systems: Granular Systems and Traffic
There will also be seminars given by the following invited speakers
Immanuel Bloch (University of Mainz): Title to be announced
Michel Brune (LKB, ENSParis): Dissipation, quantum measurement and decoherence
Alex Hansen (NTNU, Trondheim): Statistical Physics of fracture and breakdown
