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Active and Driven Systems: Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙043˙630 €
 EC max contribution 2˙043˙630 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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 Project objective

Active Matter systems, such as self-propelled colloids, violate time-reversal symmetry by producing entropy locally, typically converting fuel into mechanical motion at the particle scale. Other driven systems instead produce entropy because of global forcing by external fields, or boundary conditions that impose macroscopic fluxes (such as the momentum flux across a fluid sheared between moving parallel walls).

Nonequilibrium statistical physics (NeSP) is the basic toolbox for both classes of system. In recent years, much progress in NeSP has stemmed from bottom-up work on driven systems. This has provided a number of exactly solved benchmark models, and extended approximation techniques to address driven non-ergodic systems, such as sheared glasses. Meanwhile, work on fluctuation theorems and stochastic thermodynamics have created profound, model-independent insights into dynamics far from equilibrium.

More recently, the field of Active Matter has moved forward rapidly, leaving in its wake a series of generic and profound NeSP questions that now need answers: When is time-reversal symmetry, broken at the microscale, restored by coarse-graining? If it is restored, is an effective thermodynamic description is possible? How different is an active system's behaviour from a globally forced one?

ADSNeSP aims to distil from recent Active Matter research such fundamental questions; answer them first in the context of specific models and second in more general terms; and then, using the tools and insights gained, shed new light on longstanding problems in the wider class of driven systems.

I believe these new tools and insights will be substantial, because local activity takes systems far from equilibrium in a conceptually distinct direction from most types of global driving. By focusing on general principles and on simple models of activity, I seek to create a new vantage point that can inform, and potentially transform, wider areas of statistical physics.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Martin, D.; Nardini, C.; Cates, M.,; Fodor, É.
Extracting maximum power from active colloidal heat engines
published pages: , ISSN: 1286-4854, DOI: 10.17863/CAM.32069
EPL 1 2020-01-21
2019 Tomer Markovich, Elsen Tjhung, Michael E. Cates
Shear-Induced First-Order Transition in Polar Liquid Crystals
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.122.088004
Physical Review Letters 122/8 2020-01-21
2019 Yongjoo Baek, Kihong Chung, Meesoon Ha, Hawoong Jeong, Daniel Kim
Role of hubs in the synergistic spread of behavior
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.99.020301
Physical Review E 99/2 2020-01-21
2019 Xiuqi Ma, Elsen Tjhung
Banana- and pizza-slice-shaped mesogens give a new constrained O ( n ) ferromagnet universality class
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.100.012701
Physical Review E 100/1 2020-01-21
2019 Takahiro Nemoto, Étienne Fodor, Michael E. Cates, Robert L. Jack, Julien Tailleur
Optimizing active work: Dynamical phase transitions, collective motion, and jamming
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.99.022605
Physical Review E 99/2 2020-01-21
2018 R. N. Chacko, R. Mari, M. E. Cates, S. M. Fielding
Dynamic Vorticity Banding in Discontinuously Shear Thickening Suspensions
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.108003
Physical Review Letters 121/10 2020-01-21
2018 Elsen Tjhung, Cesare Nardini, Michael E. Cates
Cluster Phases and Bubbly Phase Separation in Active Fluids: Reversal of the Ostwald Process
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/physrevx.8.031080
Physical Review X 8/3 2020-01-21
2019 Timur Koyuk, Udo Seifert, Patrick Pietzonka
A generalization of the thermodynamic uncertainty relation to periodically driven systems
published pages: 02LT02, ISSN: 1751-8113, DOI: 10.1088/1751-8121/aaeec4
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical 52/2 2020-01-21

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