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 (United Kingdom) 1973

Palmer, R. G. “Correction.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 54, no. 17, 1985, pp. 1965–1965.

Randeria, M., et al. “Low-frequency relaxation in ising spin-glasses.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 54, no. 12, Jan. 1985, pp. 1321–24. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.54.1321. Full Text

Palmer, R. G., et al. “Palmer et al. respond.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 54, no. 4, Jan. 1985, p. 365. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.54.365. Full Text

Palmer, R. G., and H. L. Frisch. “Low-dimension and high-dimension limits of a phase-separation model.” Journal of Statistical Physics, vol. 38, no. 5–6, 1985, pp. 867–72.

Palmer, R. G., et al. “Models of hierarchically constrained dynamics for glassy relaxation.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 53, no. 10, Jan. 1984, pp. 958–61. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.53.958. Full Text

Hopfield, J. J., et al. “'Unlearning' has a stabilizing effect in collective memories.Nature, vol. 304, no. 5922, July 1983, pp. 158–59. Epmc, doi:10.1038/304158a0. Full Text

PALMER, R. G. “BROKEN ERGODICITY IN SPIN-GLASSES.” Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. 192, SPRINGER, Jan. 1983, pp. 234–51.

Van Hemmen, J. L., and R. G. Palmer. “The thermodynamic limit and the replica method for short-range random systems.” Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, vol. 15, no. 12, Dec. 1982, pp. 3881–90. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0305-4470/15/12/037. Full Text

Kolan, A. J., and R. G. Palmer. “Ground state properties of a spin glass model.” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 53, no. 3, Dec. 1982, pp. 2198–200. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.330972. Full Text

Palmer, R. G. “Broken ergodicity.” Advances in Physics, vol. 31, no. 6, Jan. 1982, pp. 669–735. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00018738200101438. Full Text