Richard G. Palmer

Richard G. Palmer

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Office Location: 
091 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2559


Professor Richard G. Palmer is currently working on theories of statistical mechanics. He is interested in the application and development of statistical physics methods for many types of complex systems, including glasses and spin glasses, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and economic markets. The long-term goal of his work is to establish firm theoretical foundations for understanding the emergence of structure, complexity, and computational ability in driven systems of interacting adaptive components. He is also author of two books on the theory of neural networks and on the theory of extinction.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge (UK) 1973

Stein, D. L., et al. “Escape over a fluctuating barrier: The white noise limit.” Journal of Physics A: General Physics, vol. 23, no. 5, Dec. 1990. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0305-4470/23/5/004. Full Text

Hansen, G. E., and R. G. Palmer. “Compact nuclear-power source critical experiments and analysis.” Nuclear Science and Engineering, vol. 103, no. 3, Nov. 1989, pp. 237–46.

Stein, D. L., et al. “Mean exit times over fluctuating barriers.” Physics Letters A, vol. 136, no. 7–8, Apr. 1989, pp. 353–57. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(89)90414-3. Full Text

Stein, D. L., and R. G. Palmer. “Nature of the glass transition..” Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, vol. 38, no. 16, Dec. 1988, pp. 12035–38. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevb.38.12035. Full Text

Palmer, R. G. “The role of constraints in glassy relaxation.” Nuclear Physics B (Proceedings Supplements), vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 1988. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0920-5632(88)90017-5. Full Text

Adler, J., et al. “Transmission of order in some unusual dilute systems.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 58, no. 9, Jan. 1987, pp. 882–85. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.882. Full Text

PALMER, R. G. “Parallels and Contrasts between Glass and Spin Glass.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 484, no. 1, Jan. 1986, pp. 109–20. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1986.tb49566.x. Full Text

Palmer, R. G., and F. T. Bantilan. “High-temperature expansion for a diluted spin-glass model.” Journal of Physics C: Solid State Physics, vol. 18, no. 1, Dec. 1985, pp. 171–80. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0022-3719/18/1/021. Full Text

Palmer, R. G., et al. “Erratum: Models of hierarchically constrained dynamics for glassy relaxation (Physical Review Letters (1985) 54,17 (1965)).” Physical Review Letters, vol. 54, no. 17, Dec. 1985. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.54.1965. Full Text

Palmer, R. G., and H. L. Frisch. “Low-and high-dimension limits of a phase separation model.” Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 38, no. 5–6, Mar. 1985, pp. 867–72. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01010420. Full Text