Polymer Physics

Polymer Physics

Stochastic tools for efficient simulations


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A systematic approach to nonequilibrium systems


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Hans Christian Öttinger

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler"

Albert Einstein (Reader's Digest, 1977)

Our group works on the theory of simplification and some illustrative and relevant applications of the general ideas and concepts. Emergence of new phenomena is an important aspect of this work.

In more technical terms, we are dealing with various aspects of coarse-graining, bridging scales, irreversible dynamic systems, and nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics.

Our favorite applications range from polymer dynamics in solutions and melts, complex fluids, glasses, and interfaces in multiphase systems to dissipative quantum systems and quantum field theory.


Some Highlights

  • Quantum Field Theory as a Faithful Image of Nature »»
  • Kinetic-theory-like simulation of quantum electrodynamics »»
  • Thermodynamic Approach to Interfacial Transport »»
  • Dirac's method of classical analogy for dissipative quantum systems (open access) »»
  • A critical length scale at the glass transition »»
  • In thin air (spotlight) »»
  • A guide to good simulations »» (arXiv »»)


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  • wanted
  • Keywords: Boundary thermodynamics,
  • nonequilibrium statistical mechanics,
  • coarse graining,
  • Monte Carlo,
  • molecular dynamics


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