Workshop "The Lorentz Gas"
From 19 to 23 December the workshop The Lorentz Gas takes place at The Lorentz Center in Leiden.
The Lorentz gas is an idealized model of a solid proposed in 1905 by H.A. Lorentz to describe the thermal and electrical properties of metals (like iron). The nuclei of the atoms of the metal form a rectangular grid and the electrons move freely between them (as if they were part of an infinite pinball machine). A periodic Lorentz gas consists of unit mass particles moving and bouncing in a periodic grid of scatterers. The statistical properties of the spread (or diffusion) of the electrons through the grid remains a topic of interest to this day, because it determines the thermal and electrical conductivity of the metal.
The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers from three areas: ergodic theory, statistical physics, probability theory.
The workshop is being organized by
- Dalia Terhesiu, Universiteit Leiden
- Frank den Hollander, Universiteit Leiden
- Luca Avena, Universiteit Leiden
- Ian Melbourne, University of Warwick
For more information and registration, see the workshop's website.