PHY-850: Special Topics in Condensed Matter

Forces acting at nanometer range differ qualitatively from those in covalent bonds that create molecules and differ too from the forces on other scales usually covered in the physics curriculum. Their consequences are felt in the behavior of nanometer- to micrometer-size structures such as colloids, membranes, large polymers, and the many components of living systems. More practically, they underlie phenomena many students will encounter in their own research not only in soft matter and bio-molecules but also in critical phenomena such as the spreading of films near critical points. Intended for those grounded in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics at the advanced undergraduate level but open to any willing to make the effort to learn. **NOTE: Course size to be limited to 18 people, priority to physics graduate students, then graduate students from outside physics and advanced physics undergraduates.
Level: 
Graduate
Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Consent of Instructor
Corequisites: 
none
Semester(s) offered: 
Both

Course Schedules

Semester Sec Instructor Times / Rm
Fall 2016 Benny Davidovitch
TuTh 1:00-2:15
LGRT 1033
Spring 2015 Adrian Parsegian
TuTh 11:30-12:45
HAS 104A
Fall 2012
1
Benny Davidovitch
Continuum Mechanics
TuTh 2:30
LGRT 1033
Fall 2012
3
Mark Tuominen
Nanophysics
TuTh 1:00
LGRT 1033
Fall 2012
4
Adrian Parsegian
Biophysics
TuTh 4:00
GASA 104B
Fall 2010
1
Benny Davidovitch
TuTh 2:30
LGRT 1033
Fall 2010
2
Boris Svistunov
MWF 11:15
LGRT 1033
Fall 2010
3
Kilfoil
TuTh 1:00
HASA 409
Spring 2010 Adrian Parsegian
TuTh 1:00-2:15
HAS 136
Fall 2007
1
Jennifer Ross
MWF 11:15
LGRT 1033