Invitation to the Joint ICTP- SISSA Webinar Colloquium by Prof. Chris Jarzynski on "Scaling Down the Laws of Thermodynamics" on Wednesday 15 July at 16:00 hrs
director at ictp.it
Fri Jul 10 16:42:04 CEST 2020
You are most cordially invited to the Joint ICTP-SISSA Webinar
Colloquium by Prof. Chris Jarzynski on "Scaling Down the Laws of
Thermodynamics"on Wednesday 15 July at 16:00 hrs.
Pre-registration is required at the following url:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar.
The talk will be available on livestream via the ICTP website, and also
on ICTP's YouTube channel.
Live screening in the Budinich Lecture Hall will be set up as well. Due
to the safety measures that are in place, a maximum of 10 can attend by
keeping distances and wearing a mask).
*Biosketch: * Christopher Jarzynski received his bachelor’s degree from
Princeton University (1987) and his PhD from the University of
California, Berkeley (1994), both in Physics. After a postdoctoral
fellowship at the Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle, he spent ten
years in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In
2006 he moved to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is a
Distinguished University Professor with appointments in the Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Institute for Physical Science and
Technology, and the Department of Physics.
Jarzynski’s research interests include theoretical and computational
work at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology, with a
particular focus on nonequilibrium phenomena and the application of
thermodynamic principles to microscopic systems. In 1996 he derived an
equality that relates irreversible work to equilibrium free energy
differences, which has been verified in numerous experiments over the
past two decades. His recent research focus includes quantum control
and thermodynamics, the thermodynamic arrow of time, and the physical
implications of information processing. His has received the Sackler
Prize in the Physical Sciences (2005), the Lars Onsager Prize in
theoretical statistical physics (2019), and a Guggenheim Fellowship
(2020), among other awards. He is a Fellow of the American Physical
Society and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences.
*Abstract: *Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and
set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although
these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects,
nanoscale systems also exhibit “thermodynamic¬-like” behavior – for
instance, biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical
work, and single molecules exhibit hysteresis when manipulated using
optical tweezers. To what extent can the laws of thermodynamics be
scaled down to apply to individual microscopic systems, and what new
features emerge at the nanoscale? I will describe some of the challenges
and recent progress – both theoretical and experimental – associated
with addressing these questions. Along the way, my talk will touch on
non-equilibrium fluctuations, “violations” of the second law, the
thermodynamic arrow of time, nanoscale feedback control, strong
system-environment coupling, and quantum thermodynamics.
The talk will be followed by a question/answer session.
For info, please check the following link: http://indico.ictp.it/event/9415/
We look forward to seeing you online!
With best regards,
Office of the Director, ICTP
N.B Due to a technical hitch, the ICTP Colloquium by Prof. Scott
Aaronson on "Quantum Computational Supremacy and its Applications" has
been postponed to a new date which will be confirmed shortly.
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