The fourth installment of the Mornings of Theoretical Physics was devoted to the physics of plasma – the fourth state of matter, the fabric of much of the visible universe (from stars to galaxies to intergalactic space), the fuel of fusion reactors – and a relatively recent addition to the core activities of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics.
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Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics events
At this event the speakers examined the implications of recent astrophysical experiments for physics beyond the Standard Model, considering the connections between cosmology and particle theory.
The physics of living matter was explored in this second event: addressing current ideas surrounding active materials - such as cells and microorganisms - and systems, discussing how these systems naturally provide a testing ground for theories of non-equilibrium statistical physics, and how evolution finds solutions in hyper-astronomically large search spaces.
The topic of the inaugural event on 22 June 2013 was the discovery in the 20th century that the vacuum is a complex dynamical system and that material reality consists of nothing but excited vacuum.