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Unifying Concepts in Glass Physics (6757)

February 01, 2015 – February 06, 2015

Location: Aspen, Colorado, USA


Organizers: Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
                    Patrick Charbonneau, Duke University
                    Andrea J. Liu, University of Pennsylvania

The deadline to register for this event is October 15, 2014

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Disordered and frustrated systems are of interest in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, biology, and beyond. Although they are disciplinarilyy scattered, these systems share a number of similar features, such as complex free energy landscapes, phase transitions, subtle correlations, and jamming. Recent progress on both the theoretical and experimental fronts has revealed deep analogies and connections among these sub-fields. Further progress on this important, emerging research area will require an interdisciplinary effort. One of the main goals of this workshop is to synergistically bring together theorists, experimentalists, and computational scientists who work on various of facets of these problems.

The program will promote interactions between participants from statistical physics, mathematical physics, soft and condensed matter physics, as well as researchers at the boundary of physics and other disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, and statistics at the Gateways of Emergence. We specifically intend to bring together researchers from the following sub-fields that contribute to the organizing concepts to be examined at the workshop. In the list of invited speakers below, we indicate the area of each speaker by the following abbreviations.

The program will explore the intimate connections between these problems, and introduce the tools originating from the statistical physics of disordered systems to do so effectively.

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