This summer's workshop on "Thermodynamics of Landscapes and Trapping" will complement the other workshops in the 1995 program at the Telluride Summer Research Center. The first week will be a joint session with the workshop on "Chemical Clusters" and will focus on complex energy landscapes. The second week will consider diverse related problems in thermodynamics, including finite-time, partition-function approach to trapping and absorption, and finite-time phase changes for heat storage. It is the experience of the organizers that such workshops take twists and turns due to varied interests among the participants and that different perspectives on a subject can lead to especially fertile and unexplored problems. In particular we encourage participants in the areas of complex phase space structures, simulated annealing, and finite-time thermodynamics.
The format of the sessions is to take a prepared one hour talk and turn it into a careful and detailed cross examination lasting 4-5 hours. This format has proved in past years to be an outstanding way to rapidly understand new ideas, and we invite you to share in the learning experience that viewing each other's work under such scrutiny can provide. The discussions aim to be constructive rather than critical, and all possible attempts will be made to relate the efforts to the open problems of the workshop.
Individual participants are expected to provide their own salaries. Academic and research institutions have recognized the value of participating in the Center's activities and have been willing to pay for work performed at the Center. The Center offers an excellent way to meet collaborators from other institutions through coordinated visits. Extended stays are thus recommended. The Telluride locale, situated in an unspoiled valley near 4200 m high mountain peaks in the south west corner of Colorado, offers ample outdoor attractions making such stays enjoyable for families as well.
Karl Heinz Hoffmann
B. C. Eu
Lars Kai Hansen
Siragusa (appears in other years, with first name)