Statistical Physics constitutes a set of ideas and methods at the heart of physics, whose scope is the understanding of the properties of physical systems with many interacting components.
By its nature it has has frontiers and common grounds with Field Theory, Condensed Matter, Dynamical Systems, Mechanics and, to an ever growing degree, Chemistry and Biology at its multiple levels.
In the LPS our aim is twofold: on the one hand to preserve and develop the original fundamental questions and tools in the field, and on the other to encourage our researchers, in particular the new ones, to go wherever they consider that a statistical approach is called for, and where they feel they may make a worthy contribution. Keeping a good equilibrium between these two aspects is our greatest challenge.
Just over half of the activity in the laboratory is experimental, but the frontier between theory and experiment is diffuse. Experimental work ranges from low-temperature physics to magnetohydroynamics, mechanical aspects of morphogenesis and nanoscience. Biological applications include biomembranes and biomolecules.
Theoretical groups range from the very fundamental — phase transitions, out of equilibrium thermodynamics, glasses and low-temperature systems, to the more applied fields using the tools of non-linear physics, mechanics and hydrodynamics. The theoretical approaches to biological problems go from the molecular level to the brain — and the social sciences.
Two recent arrivals are a group working on the interface between statistical physics and computer science, and a theoretical/experimental team dedicated to nanotechnology with applications to clean energy.
Another very positive aspect is the strong implication of senior researchers in organization of graduate studies at various levels: graduate school, masters degrees, ENS physics department to cite only the most visible responsibilities.
The laboratory has an extremely lively seminar schedule, and a regular flow of international experts.
Laboratory members have been awarded many national and international prizes. Three are members of the French Academy of sciences.
Tutelles : ENS, CNRS, UPMC et UDD
Laboratoire de Physique Statistique UMR 8550.
Physique statistique hors équilibre, théorie de la matière condensée, mouillage et nucléation, biophysique, physique non linéaire, hydrodynamique, morphogenèse.
Amar, M. Ben; Wu, M., Re-epithelialization: advancing epithelium frontier during wound healing, JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY INTERFACE Volume: 11, Issue: 93, Article Number: UNSP 20131038 Published: APR 6 2014.
Li, Feng; Kuemmel, Daniel; Coleman, Jeff; et al., A Half-Zippered SNARE Complex Represents a Functional Intermediate in Membrane Fusion, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Volume: 136, Issue: 9, Pages: 3456-3464, Published: MAR 5 2014.
Di Molfetta, Giuseppe; Brachet, Marc; Debbasch, Fabrice, Quantum walks in artificial electric and gravitational fields, PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS,Volume: 397, Pages: 157-168, Published: MAR 1 2014.
Vlietinck, Jonas; Ryckebusch, Jan; Van Houcke, Kris, Diagrammatic Monte Carlo study of the Fermi polaron in two dimensions, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, Volume: 89, Issue: 8, Article Number: 085119, Published: FEB 19 2014.
Michel, Manon; Kapfer, Sebastian C.; Krauth, Werner, Generalized event-chain Monte Carlo: Constructing rejection-free global-balance algorithms from infinitesimal steps, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, Volume: 140, Issue: 5, Article Number: 054116 Published: FEB 7 2014.