ALBANOVA COLLOQUIUM: Anomalous Diffusion and Ergodicity Breaking

Feb 24, 2011, 3:15 PM
FR4 (AlbaNova Main Building)


AlbaNova Main Building


Ralf Metzler (TU München)


In 1905 Einstein formulated the laws of diffusion, and in 1908 Perrin published his Nobel-prize winning studies determining Avogadro's number from diffusion measurements. With similar, more refined techniques the diffusion behaviour in complex systems such as the motion of tracer particles in living biological cells is nowadays measured with high precision. Often the diffusion turns out to deviate from Einstein's laws. This talk will discuss the basic mechanisms leading to such anomalous diffusion as well as point out its consequences. In particular the unconventional behaviour of non-ergodic, ageing systems will be discussed. Indeed, non-ergodic diffusion in living cells has recently been demonstrated experimentally.

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