Rado Lecture 2 - Thomas Spencer

December 19, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Cockins Hall 240
Thomas Spencer

TitleDuality and Symmetry in Statistical Mechanics and Random Matrices

SpeakerThomas Spencer, Institute for Advanced Study

Abstract:  I will introduce some basic models of interacting spins on a lattice and describe transitions from order to disorder.  Spins will typically take values in a symmetric space such as the circle or sphere. Duality and symmetry play a central role in the description and analysis of phase transitions. Universality at the critical and low temperatures is described.

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