Statistical physics

Statistical physics is a branch of physics that uses probability theory and statistics to solve physical problems that usually involve systems composed of a large number of units. Its main purpose is to study the properties of a system from the statistical behaviour of its components.

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    Through stochastic resonance, noise-driven fluctuations make an otherwise weak periodic signal accessible. Experiments have now reported quantum stochastic resonance, which arises from intrinsic quantum fluctuations rather than external noise.

    • Stefan Ludwig
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    From disease proliferation to cell functioning, spreading dynamics on networks impact many collective phenomena. The joint contributions of the interaction structure and local dynamics have now been disentangled, revealing three distinct types of spreading pattern.

    • Marc Timme
    •  & Jan Nagler
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    Many-body quantum systems fail to reach thermalization only under specific circumstances. An analysis now reveals a new, different kind of non-equilibrating dynamics based on the many-body analogue of quantum scars in single-particle quantum chaos.

    • Vanja Dunjko
    •  & Maxim Olshanii
    Nature Physics 14, 637-638