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2021 Axel Memorial Lecture - "Amor caloris: Why does nature love heat (so much)?"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
UIUC Department Of Physics
Location
Via ZOOM - see description for information
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Apr 21, 2021   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Berndt Mueller, Duke University
Contact
Suzanne Hallihan
E-Mail
shalliha@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3760
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

Two seemingly unrelated phenomena - high-energy collisions of atomic nuclei and black hole formation in gravitational collapse - have motivated theoretical physicists in recent years to revisit the question how thermal equilibrium is attained in situations where the classical Boltzmann picture of thermalization via two-body collisions of particles does not apply. In both instances, one encounters hot regions of space that are essentially “hot vacuum”, or space that has the quantum numbers of the vacuum but is filled with thermal energy. In my lecture I will discuss some of the concepts that have been developed to understand how thermal equilibrium in such unusual situations can be established. 

 

The ZOOM link will be sent on Wednesday morning to the Physics Faculty, Graduate Student, PDRA, and AP mailing lists. If you are not on one of those lists and are interested in attending, please email Suzanne Hallihan at shalliha@illinois.edu for the link.

 

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