Lorentz Center - Combining Aperiodic Order with Structural Disorder from 30 May 2016 through 3 Jun 2016
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    Combining Aperiodic Order with Structural Disorder
    from 30 May 2016 through 3 Jun 2016

 

Aperiodic order has been a major topic of interest, especially since the discovery of quasicrystals (Shechtman et al, 1984, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2011). The mathematical theory of noncrystalline forms of order has taken a large fight since then, but has mainly concentrated on possible ground state structures. These are mostly multidimensional dynamical systems, which have dense discrete and/or singular continuous spectra. Such systems can often be described by methods from ergodic theory. However, the fact that such crystals seem to exist 1at positive temperatures, and therefore should include in their description (thermal) actuations, has up to now received much less emphasis. A contribution from statistical physics and probabilistic ideas to the held is highly desirable. We intend to hold a workshop to stimulate this development and hope that a meeting of scientists from the quasicrystal community and/or with an ergodic-theory background with colleagues with a more probabilistic background will lead to serious progress.



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