Workshop on Evolution and Control of Complexity:
Key Experiments Using Sources of Hard X-rays

October 11-13, 2010
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

During the past two centuries, much effort has gone into understanding various types of orders in systems obeying the laws of equilibrium thermodynamics as described using linear response theory or the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. On the other hand, the majority of processes in nature involve nonlinear behavior that obeys non-equilibrium thermodynamics from the flow of energy. Nature in its every manifestation exhibits far-away-from-equilibrium processes, leading to complexity of order. This is true from the Big Bang to the coming of humankind, from chemistry and biology to geosciences and medicine, and from materials engineering to energy sciences. In spite of the recurrence of non-equilibrium behavior in nature and, particularly, in every aspect of our daily activities, fundamental research is lacking on understanding the processes involved in the temporal evolution of complex order with precision.

This workshop will identify unexplored opportunities in the emerging field of non-equilibrium science where the focus will be on the use of hard x-ray spatiotemporal techniques.

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Workshop Registration

Abstract Submission
September 10, 2010

Argonne Guest House Room Reservation
September 30, 2010

Workshop Reception (Argonne Guest House)

Sunday - October 10, 2010, 17:00 – 18:30

Local Contact

Anne Owens, Workshop Coordinator


Uwe Bergmann (SLAC)
Gopal Shenoy (ANL)
Edgar Weckert (DESY)


Argonne National Laboratory DESY SLAC