Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie

PhD Statistical Mechanics

PhD Position Statistical Mechanics

<link file:290047 download>PhD Position for the study of Nonequilibrium Wetting far from Thermal Equilibrium

University of Würzburg, Germany
Dept. for Theoretical Physics III
Prof. Dr. Haye Hinrichsen

PhD position for 2 years, extendable to 3 years supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG) on the basis of former BAT IIa/2


Statistical Mechanics far from thermal equilibrium – Theoretical study of wetting phenomena

The goal of the project is to construct and analyze theoretical models for wetting far from thermal equilibrium and to verify them with respect to possible experimental applications. As a key question it will be investigated to what extent the breaking of detailed balance leads to new physical phenomena and in which experimental situations these phenomena can be observed. To this end it is intended to modify existing models in such a way that the underlying stochastic deposition and desorption processes mimic those observed in experiments as much as possible. Moreover, the project shall answer the question how impurities and irregularities of the substrate influence the properties of the wetting layer under non-equilibrium conditions. Similarly, wetting layers on artificially structured
substrates will be investigated.

Experience of the candidates required in:

• Theoretical physics, in particular statistical mechanics
• Computer simulations

The candidates should be especially interested in:
• Surface growth phenomena
• Interaction between theory and experiment

Educational background required:
• Master thesis (or diploma) on theoretical statistical physics.

Please send your application to:
Prof. Dr. Haye Hinrichsen
Dept. of Theoretical Physics III
Faculty for Physics and Astronomy
Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg, Germany
Fax.: +49931-888-5141
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