University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
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.
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.
Join us for a reception prior to the talk at 3:45 in PHY 150.