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Lenka Zdeborová

Postal address:
Lenka Zdeborova
Institut de Physique Theorique
Orme des Merisiers, Bat. 774, p.c. 136
F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex

Tel. (to my office): +33 1 69 08 81 14

Office number in IPhT: 123

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Events not to be missed:

  • From July 11 to 16, 2016 we organize a satellite conference of Statphys26 on Statistical physics methods in biology and computer science. Our list of invited speakers is very exciting. Stay tuned for a webpage and call for contributed taks.

  • Check the schedule of the Golosino seminar to taste the best pizza and to listen to the best talks on applications of statistical physics in Paris.

  • Save in your calendars and stay tuned for meetings in Les Houches (February 27 - March 3, 2016), Boulder Summer School on 'Frustrated and Disordered Systems' (July 3 - 28, 2017), and second run of 'Spin Glasses and Beyond' in Cargese (20 - 31 August, 2018).

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I work for the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in the IPhT (Institut de Physique Theorique), of CEA in Saclay, France.

I am interested in statistical physics of complex systems

Statistical physics has been developed in order to study the collective behavior of many-particle systems. Traditionally, it aims at understanding physical materials composed out of a large number of molecules or other small constituents of matter. Probability theory is combined with microscopic rules (interactions) to describe the collective properties such as the heat capacity, the density or various phase transitions. Motivated by the demands of our developing society, today's science needs to understand many other systems composed of a large number of interacting elements. To give few examples these elements may be: agents selling and buying items on the market, genes regulating the cell functions or dys-functions, the network of power lines delivering energy to our homes, Boolean variables in logical formulas designed to verify functions of electronic devices, planes landing and departing in a large international airport, or the network of neurons in our brain that allows one to read and comprehend this very text.

The experience collected over decades by physicists in the studies of matter needs to be exploited in order to understand, or predict, new relations between the microscopic (local) and macroscopic (global) properties of these complex systems. Particularly handy in this task are techniques developed in studies of disordered systems such as spin glasses, structural glasses, interfaces pinned by impurities, polymer networks or grains of sand. This is because the above mentioned complex systems are very rarely ordered, homogeneous or strongly symmetric, often they are not even embedded in an Euclidean space. This is the general line of research that makes me passionate and that I develop.

Do you want to read my research resume from December 2009? Download a pdf here.

Do you want to see my cv from January 2013? Download a pdf here.

Last Modification November, 2015