Distinguished Lecture Series

Professor Thomas Spencer

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
will give a series of lectures on

Statistical Mechanics, Phase Transitions and Random Matrices

Abstract of series: This lecture series will describe some mathematical results and conjectures about a variety models in statistical mechanics. These models include classical models such as the Ising model and the dipole gas as well as supersymmetric models which arise in the study of disordered quantum systems. Symmetry and nonlinear transformations will be used to analyze fluctuations of the spin and field configurations. Simple supersymmetric models will be shown to be related to history dependent walks. Professor Tom Spencer is one of the leading mathematical physicists. For his work he was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics. He is one the best speakers and is known for his ability to explain abstract mathematical ideas to other scientists.

Program of Lectures

Type Title Start Date Start Time Location Presentation
Theor./Math. Physics Seminar Central Limit theorems for Random Surfaces 2010-02-16 11:30
Colloquium Classical models of Quantum localization 2010-03-11 14:30 Lidow, Rosen Auditorium (323)
Theor./Math. Physics Seminar A Phase transition for a supersymmetric hyperbolic sigma model 2010-03-14 14:30 Lewiner, Seminar Room (412)
Colloquium Central Limit theorems for Statistical Mechanics 2010-03-15 14:30