Statistical physics of power grids
This event is part of the Biophysics/Condensed Matter Seminar Series.
Power grids are increasing in size and interconnections; the analysis of past decades power failures yields signatures of emergent phenomena, like erratic behavior, power law distributions and abrupt transitions (black outs). While a detailed analysis of the system helps understanding what happens from a "post mortem" perspective, there is still a lack of approaches for probabilistic assessment of the risk. In this talk I will explore some possible applications of statistical physics to a stochastic modelling of power grids.