Squishy Physics

Next seminar: Wednesday February 13th 2019 in Pierce Hall 209 at 6 PM:

Connecting Crystalline and Amorphous Packing on Curved Surfaces

Timothy Atherton

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Tufts University, Boston, MA


Abstract: Packing problems occur in numerous applications, such as granular media under confinement, Pickering emulsions, viral structure, etc. When identical particles are packed occurs on a curved geometry, crystalline order is necessarily disrupted by the curvature, necessitating introduction of defects: a paradigmatic example is the “scars” or grain boundaries found in the packing of spherical particles on a spherical shell. Conversely, for very polydispersed or heterogeneous systems, packings are amorphous. We connect these two regimes by investigating packings as a parameter of particle shape, finding that the spherical crystallography and amorphous regimes are linked by growth and percolation of the scar network. Prospects for experimental realizations of such systems will also be presented. 





Squishy Physics & Pizza Seminar Series

When: Wednesday Evenings - Pizza served at 5:55 PM, talks start at 6 pm till...

Where: Room 209, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St, on the Harvard Campus. Directions and parking instructions are here.

What: These talks are informal, with emphasis on new results and ideas, rather than polished presentations. The Squishy audience members typically include soft matter scientists, physicists, engineers, chemists, and biologists.  The goal is to stimulate discussion with the audience.  Talks are typically about 45 minutes long, with lots of questions along the way.

Pizza: Only the finest! 

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Directions: Where: Squishy Physics talks are held in Pierce Hall room 301, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. See Harvard Campus map here.

Parking: Metered parking is available on Oxford Street.  Speakers, please contact Matthew Zahnzinger to obtain a parking permit.  

Squishy Physics is sponsored by the Cabot Corporation, Dean Cherry Murray and the Weitz Research Group.

If you have comments or suggestions or would like to give a talk, please contact Joerg Werner, Stefano Aime, or Perry Ellis.

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