Computations in Science Seminars
Jun
3
Wed 12:15
Vishal Soni, University of Chicago
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Host: William Irvine () *
Organizer: Sayantan Majumdar ()
Geometry of Colloidal Assembly

Understanding how particles come together to form ordered structures is a central goal of material science. Mechanisms which rely on geometric aspects of the system, for example the shape of the constituent particles, often lead to more robust ways of influencing a material structure because they are independent of the chemical details. These geometric influences may enter at the particle scale or at the scale of the underlying environment, for example through the curvature of the substrate. We experimentally studied the 2-D assembly of attractive colloidal particles with varying shapes as well as repulsive spheres inside spatially varying external fields. In each of these cases, we use geometry to gain insight on the resulting structure.

Jun
8
Mon 12:15
Stephan Herminghaus, Max Planck Institute
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Host: Tom Witten
Organizer: Ivo Peters ()
Instabilities in microbial mats: Physical fingerprints of early life forms
Jun
17
Wed 12:15
Marilena Loverde, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Organizer: Kim Weirich ()
Cosmic Structure As a Probe of the History of the Universe

From the tiny fluctuations in the temperature of the cosmic microwave background to the distribution of galaxies seen today, the universe is rich with structure. The gravitational evolution of this structure is a sensitive probe of the matter contents and evolutionary history of the universe. I will discuss how the statistical distribution of cosmic structure can be used to test dark matter, dark energy, and cosmic inflation (the epoch just before the big bang during which all of the structure of the universe was generated by quantum fluctuations).

Jun
22
Mon 12:15
Christophe Clanet, École Polytechnique
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Host: Wendy Zhang () *
Organizer: Ivo Peters ()
Sports Physics
Special seminar on Monday - GCIS W301

Physics consists in identifying repeatable sequences in our environment and finding the simplest underlying laws. Here, the environment is Sport. We will first start with sports ballistics and classify the different paths that can be observed according to the symmetry of the "particles". This will allow us to discuss the diversity of trajectories with spheres, the flip properties of shuttlecocks and the stability issues in ski-jumping. The second part will be dedicated to weightlifting. The questions we address are: How does a human lift a weight? Can we use the dynamics of lift as a muscle rheometer?

Jul
1
Wed 12:15
OPEN *
Jul
8
Wed 12:15
Peter Scherpelz and Hosung Seo, University of Chicago
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Host: Giulia Galli
Organizer: Sayantan Majumdar ()
Jul
15
Wed 12:15
Bradford Benson, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Organizer: Shiladitya Banerjee ()
Jul
22
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Jul
29
Wed 12:15
Shiladitya Banerjee, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Aug
5
Wed 12:15
Radha Ramachandran, Eve Tulbert, University of Chicago, Freedom Games
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Aug
12
Wed 12:15
Stephane Perrard, University of Chicago
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Host: William Irvine ()
Aug
19
Wed 12:15
Sayantan Majumdar, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Aug
26
Wed 12:15
Kim Weirich, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Sep
30
Wed 12:15
Sarah Cobey, University of Chicago
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Host: Michael Rust
Oct
7
Wed 12:15
Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University
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Host: William Irvine ()
Oct
14
Wed 12:15
Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Oct
21
Wed 12:15
Kathleen Stebe, University of Pennsylvania
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Oct
28
Wed 12:15
Tom Lubensky, University of Pennsylvania
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Nov
4
Wed 12:15
Eric Siggia, Rockefeller University
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Host: Greg Voth
Nov
11
Wed 12:15
David Schuster, University of Chicago
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Nov
18
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Dec
2
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Dec
9
Wed 12:15
Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania
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Host: Leo Kadanoff ()
Dec
16
Wed 12:15
Jeremie Palacci, New York University
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Host: William Irvine ()
Jan 2016
6
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Jan 2016
13
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Jan 2016
20
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Jan 2016
27
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Feb 2016
3
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Feb 2016
10
Wed 12:15
Mark Bowick, Syracuse University
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Host: William Irvine ()
Feb 2016
17
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Feb 2016
24
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Mar 2016
2
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Mar 2016
9
Wed 12:15
OPEN
Mar 2016
16
Wed 12:15
OPEN