Condensed and Living Matter Seminars

Upcoming Condensed and Living Matter Seminars



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "How flows shape life"

Karen Alim (Technical University of Munich)
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Vascular networks constantly reorganize to optimize function. Some veins grow, others shrink and disappear. How can a local adaptation mechanism account for the plethora of vein dynamics observed? Here,…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Topological Defects in Smectic Liquid Crystals: Applied Measured Foliations"

Randy Kamien (University of Pennsylvania)
- DRL A4

Smectic liquid crystals are layered systems that abound in nature.  I will introduce these materials and show how the long-lived, topologically protected

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Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Photo-induced Phase Transitions in Charge Density Waves"

Nuh Gedik (MIT)
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Upon excitation with an intense laser pulse, materials can undergo a non-equilibrium phase transition through pathways different from those in thermal equilibrium. The mechanism underlying these…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Physical Computation in Insect Swarms"

Orit Peleg, University of Colorado
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Our world is full of living creatures that must share information to survive and reproduce. As humans, we easily forget how hard it is to communicate within natural environments. So how do organisms solve…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Postpandemic Tool for Quantum Materials (and vice-versa)"

Ken Burch, Boston College

Nov 17, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021 at - David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Raman scattering, invented at the end of the last pandemic, can provide a wealth of information on the fractional, magnetic, lattice and charge excitations at the heart of quantum materials and devices.…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Broken symmetries in living matter"

Nikta Fakhri, MIT
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Active processes in living systems create a novel class of nonequilibrium matter composed of many interacting components that individually consume energy and collectively generate motion or…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: "Twisting nodal superconductors"

Jed Pixley, Rutgers University
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The realization of correlated insulators and superconductivity in twisted van der Waals heterostructures has brought forth twisting as a new control knob in condensed matter laboratories. In this talk we…