Course “Statistical Mechanics, Disordered Systems, and Extreme Values”

18-22 September 2017

Venue: Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 118, 8000 Aarhus C

Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 September: Building 1531, room 119 (Auditorium D2) - 10:00-12:00

Thursday 21 September: Building 1532, room 122 (Aud. G2) - 09:00-11:00

Friday 22 September: Building 1532, room 218 (Koll. G3) - 10:00-12:00




Course by Professor Anton Bovier (Bonn University)


In these lectures I will start with  brief introduction to the principles of statistical mechanics and the Gibbsian formalism.

I will give an overview of the main results and challenges in the statistical mechanics of disordered systems and spin glasses. 

Some of these challenges are closely related to understanding the properties of extreme values of high-dimensional random fields. I will discuss this in the examples of the random energy model, the generalised random energy model, and branching Brownian motion. If there will be time, I may also discuss some implication on the dynamics of such systems.


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Deadline for registration: August 1, 2017.


Professor Mark Podolskij, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University. E-mail:

Further information

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