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Thursday, April 25, 2019 — 4:00 PM EDT

Colloquium Series

Randall KamienRandall Kamien

Vicki and William Abrams Professor in the Natural Sciences
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kamien's research interests center on problems in condensed matter theory. He and his research group are currently exploring problems in liquid crystals, foams, soft self-assembly, and biological physics.

>> learn more about Dr. Kamien's research

Smectic liquid crystalUsually, 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.

Join us for a reception prior to the talk at 3:45 in PHY 150.

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PHY - Physics
150
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada
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