New frontiers in liquid matter
Liquid matter physics has seen during the past decades a tremendous broadening, covering meanwhile not only physics, but also chemistry and biology, as well as -- from the methodological aspect -- mathematics and computer science. Concomitantly, the research activities which, admittedly, were originally rather motivated by academic curiosity have become relevant for numerous technological and practical applications, thanks in particular to the experimental developments now offering the possibility to fabricate and investigate complex soft matter systems at the single-particle level or to manipulate flows down to the nanoscale.
The idea of this workshop originated from the anticipation of Jean-Pierre Hansen’s 80th birthday in May 2022. Jean-Pierre, now an emeritus professor in Paris, has played a key role in the development of liquid state theories and the simulation of liquid matter, as well as in establishing the CECAM community. From his early days in the group of Loup Verlet in Orsay (at the time where CECAM was created) to his European career in Paris, Lyon (he was among the founding fathers of ENS Lyon, where CECAM moved from Orsay) and Cambridge, he trained a large number of leading members of this community, at the interface between Physics and Chemistry, either directly or indirectly via his seminal books with Ian McDonald and Jean-Louis Barrat that influenced generations of new scientists in the field. His leading role has been recognized by many distinctions, including the Liquid Matter Prize of the European Physical Society in 2005 and the Berni J. Alder CECAM Prize in 2013.
The objective of this workshop is twofold. The first and obvious one is to celebrate Jean-Pierre’s 80th birthday by gathering scientists who have interacted with him throughout his career. The second is two organize a high-profile scientific workshop focused on the latest developments of liquid matter related topics to which Jean-Pierre has made important contributions. This second objective will in particular be achieved by also inviting and accepting contributed talks from speakers without direct link with him but who illustrate the vitality of these fields, including: fundamentals of classical and quantum liquids, soft matter, charged systems and glassy systems.
Gerhard Kahl (Institut für Theoretische Physik, TU Wien) - Organiser
Lyderic Bocquet (CNRS and ENS) - Organiser
Benjamin Rotenberg (CNRS and Sorbonne Université) - Organiser
Emmanuel Trizac (Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Modeles Statistiques) - Organiser