Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

October 24, 2008 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/Miami time) On location

Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Smooth Dynamical Systems

Colloquium presented by David P. Ruelle (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)

One idealization of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics simply gives general smooth dynamics on a compact manifold, with new interpretations and new questions, which we shall review. In particular we shall introduce the natural physical (SRB) measure associated with a diffeomorphism f, and ask if it depends smoothly on f. We shall also introduce an analytic susceptibility function and study its singularities.


UQAM, Pav. Sherbrooke, 200, rue Sherbrooke O., room SH-3420