120 Physics Building
Prof. David Mandrus, University of Tennessee, presents, "Designing Emergent Matter: How Physicists Think about New Materials," Monday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. in Room 120, Physics Building. Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm, Rm 223A.
"Although new materials are the engine that drives much of condensed matter physics, the conceptual process by which new materials are discovered is rarely discussed. In this talk I will try to remedy this situation, and will discuss strategies for finding new materials that challenge our physical understanding. I will also discuss the role of theory in this process, stressing that new materials can be regarded as a playground for testing new theoretical ideas. Several examples will be discussed."