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Colloquia — Summer 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

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Time
Place
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Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics of the Laplacian growth
Mark Mineev-Weinstein
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Natal, Brazil
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 108
Razvan Teodorescu

    

Abstract

The methods of equilibrium statistical thermodynamics are applied to Laplacian growth by using its remarkable connection with a random matrix theory. The Laplacian growth equation is obtained from the variation principle and describes adiabatic (quasi-static) thermodynamic processes in the two-dimensional Dyson gas. By using Einstein's theory of thermodynamic fluctuations we consider transitional probabilities between thermodynamic states, which are in a one-to-one correspondence with planar domains. Transitions between these domains are described by the stochastic Laplacian growth equation, while the transitional probabilities coincide with the free-particle propagator on the infinite dimensional complex manifold with the Kahler metric.