The PhD thesis defense of Dr. Pietro Smacchia will take place on Friday, July 11th, 2014.
Title: “Out of equilibrium many-body systems: adiabaticity, statistics of observables and dynamical phase transitions”.
Room: Aula Cinema 1st floor SISSA
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Statistical Physics, together with Quantum Mechanics, is the pillar of our understanding of many physical phenomena, from the simplest to the more sophisticated ones. It addresses, for instance, crucial questions about the nature of the phase transitions and foresees the possibility to forge new states of matter, as Bose-Einstein condensation in ultra-cold gases. At the same time, Statistical Physics provides a vital source of fresh ideas and inspirations for those working in more theoretical directions, e.g. quantum field theory, exactly solved models, random matrices, complex systems, probability, topological quantum computation. Its attraction lies in its ability to produce an array of sophisticated analytical and conceptual tools with far reaching applications. This remarkable blend of mathematical and physical ideas is at the root of the outstanding scientific elegance and extraordinary efficiency that characterize this scientific area. The main purpose of this PhD is to lead an intense training and research program on the fundamental questions posed by this rapidly evolving research area. Their answer will result in a more profound comprehension of the novel aspects of matter and, simultaneously, in a promotion of a new generation of researchers open to the deep interdisciplinary aspects of science. The PhD Course started in November 2006 and the fourth year is currently running. The duration of the PhD is three-four years, and the research lines on which the PhD students are working are described in the research page.