Special Issue "Statistical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Dr. Eun-jin Kim
School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
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Interests: fluid dynamics; magnetohydrodynamics (MHD); plasma physics; self-organisation; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; turbulence; solar/stellar physics; magnetic fusion; information theory; homeostasis in biosystems; solar/stellar physics
In classical statistical mechanics, Gaussian (or normal) distribution and mean-field type theories based on such distributions have been widely used to describe equilibrium or near-equilibrium phenomena. The ubiquity of the Gaussian distribution stems from the central limit theorem that random variables governed by different distributions tend to follow Gaussian distribution in the limit of a large sample size. In such a limit, fluctuations are small and have a short correlation time, and mean values and variance completely describe all different moments, greatly facilitating analysis.
Many systems in nature and laboratories are, however, far from equilibrium, exhibiting significant fluctuations. Examples are found not only in astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, but also in forest fires, the stock market, and biological ecosystems. Such rare events of large amplitude (intermittency) can dominate the entire transport even if they occur infrequently. Gene expression and protein productions, which used to be thought of as smooth processes, have also been observed occurring in bursts. Far-from-equilibrium fluctuations produce dissipative patterns, shift or wipe-out phase transitions. The importance and consequences of strong fluctuations in far-from-equilibrium systems has attracted great attention in mathematical physics. This Special Issue aims to present different theories of statistical mechanics and mathematical physics. Submissions addressing non-equilibrium statistical physics and strong fluctuations are especially welcome.
Dr. Eun-jin Kim
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- Statistical mechanics
- Mathematical physics
- Phase transition
- Pattern formation
- Large deviation
- Generalized statistical mechanics
- Fractional calculus