Special Issue "Symmetry in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Dynamical Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 2313
Interests: nonlinear dynamics and chaos; thermodynamics; statistical mechanics; fractals; wavelets; cellular automata; coupled map lattices; time-series analysis; spatiotemporal pattern formation; shape theory
Symmetry, entropy and action are, arguably, the three main concepts at the heart of physics. Although the connections between symmetry and action have been long explored and are still the subject of intense research nowadays (from Galilean invariance to Noether’s theorem and gauge field theories) those of symmetry and entropy, on one hand, and action and entropy, on the other, remain poorly understood.
The dynamical and statistical behavior of complex systems is strongly constrained by symmetry. For example, symmetry in nonlinear partial differential equations leads to drawing important conclusions on the sets of their possible spatiotemporal solutions thanks to the equivariance theorem. Other systems, such as cellular automata, allow the interplay between symmetry, complexity and entropy increase to be explored. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is already present in time-reversible cellular automata and the Loschmidt paradox admits an elegant solution in these systems in terms of the huge (computable) size of the sets of initial conditions that lead to an entropy increase compared to those that would lead to trajectories violating the Second Law.
This Special Issue highlights symmetry applications and consequences in the dynamical behavior of complex systems whose trajectories can be computationally or analytically studied, as well as those for which insight can be gained by statistical mechanical methods. Dynamical systems like cellular automata, coupled map lattices, systems of nonlinear differential equations and nonlinear partial differential equations will be explored paying special emphasis on those cases for which symmetry is helpful to establish structural features of the resulting attractors and complexity measures.
Dr. Vladimir García-Morales
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- cellular automata
- coupled map lattices
- nonlinear partial differential equations
- partition function
- nonlinear oscillators
- exactly solved models
- computer simulations