Seminar - Mathematics and Statistics Department

Thermostats and Heat Reservoirs for a Kac type model of gas

Federico Bonetto, Georgia Tech

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: 4:00pm
Lederle Tower 1634

Refreshments at 3:45

I will report on a joint effort with Michael Loss to use the Kac model to gain some understanding on some basic concepts in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. I will introduce the Kac model and present some classical results on its approach to equilibrium. I will then couple it with a thermostat (an infinite heat reservoir) and see how the previous results are affected. I will show how the thermostat can be effectively modeled via a finite heat reservoir and what this tells us on the general question of approach to equilibrium

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