LMP Seminar: Bringing together two paradigms of non-equilibrium: Driven dynamics of aging systems
14:00 - 15:00
Prof. Dr. Peter Sollich
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and Department of Mathematics, King's College London
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS)
Seminar Room 0.77
Non-equilibrium behaviour can be broadly split into two categories. The first is aging, where a system can in principle reach an equilibrium state but its slow dynamics leads to extremely long transients during which the properties of the system depend on its age since preparation. In the second category are driven systems, whose dynamics breaks detailed balance leading to non-equilibrium steady states. An attractive way of constructing descriptions of such driven systems is based on maximum entropy arguments in trajectory space, leading to so-called biased trajectory ensembles.
In this talk I will describe how these two non-equilibrium scenarios interact, by studying the bias-driven dynamics of two simple models that are inspired by the physics of glasses and exhibit aging at low temperatures. The analysis allows one to reveal dynamical phase transitions, which are related to unexpected qualitative differences in the robustness of aging to additional driving.