Stability of Matter: From Atoms to Stars


In the seminar we will discuss under which conditions matter is stable. In particular we will investigate whether the energy per particle is bounded from below, a property that is essential for thermodynamics. Among other things we will go through the fundamental results of Dyson, Lieb, and Thirring on stability of usual matter interacting through Coulomb forces and through the results of Chandrasekhar, Lieb, and Yau on the stability and instability of stars. The seminar will require some basic knowledge of functional analysis which is accessible to students who have taken my introductory course in analysis and to first year master students. Some basic knowledge in quantum mechanics is useful; if necessary, it can be acquired in cooperation with myself and Dr. Farkas while preparing the talk.

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Time and place: Tuesdays, 2.15 p.m., room 133
H. Siedentop
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