BGU Physics Department

Colloquium, April 19th, 2012

Current fluctuations in non-equilibrium systems

Bernard Derrida, Ecole Normale Superieure
This talk will review a series of results obtained recently  on the fluctuations of current in diffusive systems for several geometries:
steady state obtained by contact with two reservoirs or two heat baths,  system at equilibrium on a ring geometry, two systems at unequal temperatures which are connected at time t=0.
Some open questions will also be discussed, in particular the behavior of one dimensional mechanical systems and its similarity with diffusive systems at a phase transition..