About the conference

The liquid state represents the meeting place of most of the great themes of statistical physics and materials science. How do fluctuations in stress or structure relax in liquids driven by applied gradients or in metastable states such as the supercooled liquid? Can we develop physical pictures of the sequence of fluctuations associated with irreversible relaxation? How do we describe the first unstable fluctuations out of which crystallinity evolves? How do we describe flow and relaxation in the presence of persistent structural fluctuations?

This conference will address three fundamental themes of current theoretical research into the liquid state: the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of metastability, irreversibility and response in liquids; the characterization of the relationship between structure and dynamics in supercooled liquids with regards crystallization and the glass transition and, thirdly, extending geometrical and topological advances to the description of liquids, simple and complex. The Liquids Out of Equilibrium conference in Sydney, 2010 will allow us to bring these themes, typically discussed in quite separate communities, together in the company of a very strong group of international participants.

A particular feature of this meeting is the inclusion of a mini-workshop on the Geometry of Complex Structures presented by the leading authority of geometrical enumeration of the space of structures in complex solids, Professor Mike O’Keeffe, the Regents’ Professor of Chemistry at Arizona State University.

Liquids Out of Equilibrium is a satellite meeting of Statphys 2010 which will begin the following week in Cairns.

Organising Committee:
  • Debra Bernhardt (Searles)  School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University
  • Denis Evans  Research School of Chemistry, ANU
  • Peter Daivis   School of Applied Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Peter Harrowell (Chair)  School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
  • Stephen Hyde  Department of Applied Mathematics, ANU
  • Billy Todd   Centre for Molecular Simulation, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Ian Snook   School of Applied Sciences, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Stephen Williams   Research School of Chemistry, ANU

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Picture credit: hard sphere nucleus - I. Snook