Biological & Soft Matter Seminar: Smectics!

Randall Kamien, University of Pennsylvania

21 March 2018, 11:10 
Kaplun Building, Flexer Hall 118 
Biological & Soft Matter Seminar


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 come together in these very, very soft systems.

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