# Statistical Mechanics Seminar

This is the webpage for the seminar I am running on statistical mechanics. You can join this seminar online on metauni, or in-person at the University of Melbourne. Post-seminar discussion happens in the #physics channel of the metauni discord. Click here to join.

## Speakers

- Rohan Hitchcock
- Ben Gerraty

## Talks

*3/8/23*(Rohan) What is statistical mechanics? Hamiltonian systems and Liouville’s theorem. (notes, video)*17/8/23*(Rohan) Entropy and the Boltzmann distribution. (notes, video)*31/8/23*(Rohan) Stochastic processes. (notes, video)*14/9/23*(Rohan) Stochastic differential equations. (notes)*28/9/23*(Rohan) Discussing the paper “Statistical Mechanics of Learning from Examples” (1992) by H. S. Seung, H. Sompolinsky and N. Tishby. (notes)*30/11/23*(Ben) Statistical Field Theory 1: 1D Ising Model to Spin-1/2 Part 1. (notes)*14/12/23*(Ben) Statistical Field Theory 1: Introduction and 1D Ising Model to Spin-1/2 Part 2. (notes)*18/12/24*(Ben) Statistical Field Theory 2: 2D Classical Ising Model to 1D Quantum Ising Model Part 1. (notes)

## Texts

- Pathria and Beale (2011)
*Statistical Mechanics* - E. T. Jaynes (1957) “Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics”
*Physical Review*106.4 pp. 620-630 - B. Øksendal (2013)
*Stochastic differential equations* - J. H. Manton (2013) “A Primer on Stochastic Differential Geometry for Signal Processing”
*IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing*, 7.4 pp. 681–699 http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.0430 - H. S. Seung, H. Sompolinsky and N. Tishby (1992) “Statistical Mechanics of Learning from Examples”
*Physical Review A*45.8 pp. 6056-6091