Duke Physics Colloquium: The Softest Crystals

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 3:30pm

Speaker(s): 
Randy Kamien (University of Pennsylvania)

"The Softest Crystals"

Usually, crystals have three-dimensional periodicity. Smectic liquid crystals, however, have one-dimensional order, even in three-dimensional samples. These systems, as simple as they might seem, connect the physics of biomembranes, superconductivity, and even special relativity. I will provide an introduction for non-specialists and show how this diverse set of ideas comes together in these very, very soft systems.

Faculty hosts: Roxanne Springer and Josh Socolar

Refreshments will be available before the event in room 130.

View this event's recording here.

Physics 130

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