Granular fluids to explore non-equilibrium statistical mechanics

Founding Body: MIUR, Italy (reserved to selected ERC-Starting Grants 2007)
Total grant: € 1200k
Principal Investigator: Andrea Puglisi
Other participants:
Project duration: 2009-2014

GranularChaos is a theoretical and experimental project focused on understanding the connection between microscopic and mesoscopic dynamics for granular matter. There is a strong commitment in using granular models and real granular systems as benchmarks for more general theories of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics (mainly generalized fluctuation-dissipation theory). See this page for an introduction to the topic.