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Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM)

Date:  Friday, September 28, 2018
Location:  1084 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Complex and diverse crystal structures in minimal models

Abstract:   The occurrence of complex crystal structures is often associated with an inherent complexity in the system, whether it be the shape of the building blocks or the number of different components. Soft-matter systems-consisting for example of polymer micelles, nanoparticles, or colloids-have been found to exhibit a surprising variety of crystal structures despite the apparent simplicity of their constituent particles.

We have studied simple systems of particles interacting via isotropic pair potentials, as well as hard anisotropic particles, both of which exhibit intricate phase behavior. We examined the assembling crystal structures-from simple to highly complex and from well-studied to entirely novel-to discover overarching trends in these phase spaces and to highlight particularly elaborate phase behaviors.


Speaker:  Julia Dshemuchadse
Institution:  University of Michigan

Event Organizer:   Silas Alben


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