PHYS 414

Statistical Mechanics, Spring 2018


Lecture Notes

1: Einstein's atomic proof, Brownian motion, Fokker-Planck equation

Slides: turtles all the way down
       Movie: Minimum energy path of the ATP hydrolysis reaction in the myosin II binding pocket, MPG [credits: Stefan Fischer research group]
       Movie: Molecular dynamics simulation of HIV capsid proteins, MPG [credits: Klaus Schulten research group]

2: Dynamical theories, laws of probability, applications of Bayes' theorem

3: Markovian approximation, master equation, stationary states, microscopic reversbility
     Slides: Example of a kinetic network and its trajectories
       Movie: Network trajectory, MP4
     Extra notes: Mastering the master equation

4: Uniqueness of stationary solution, Kullback-Leibler divergence

5: Microcanonical ensemble, ergodicity and mixing, time reversal symmetry, detailed balance

6: Temperature, toy model of a system coupled to a heat bath