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Spring 2015 Seminars

January 12, 2015GPS 101Kent Ridl
January 19, 2015Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 26, 2015

The Emerging Role of Network Analysis in Physics Education

Eric Brewe
February 2, 2015Void formation in crosslinked polymer networksAaron Feickert
February 9, 2015How Fluid Flow Affects Phase-Separation Front Formed Morphologies Eric Foard
February16, 2015

<Presidents' Day> Infectious diseases, auto-immune diseases, and opportunities for biophysics 

Gerard Wong
February 23, 2015Nanoparticles at an Air-Water Interface:a Mixed Boundary Value Problem Guilherm Bossa
March 2, 2015APS March Meeting 
March 9, 2015A Bias-Free Algorithm for Diffusion-Limited AggregationYen Lee Loh
March 16, 2015Spring Break!!
March 23, 2015Neutrinos: From Cosmic Rays and Accelerators to Old Iron Mines and the Fate of the UniverseAlec Habig
March 30, 2015TBAAlex Waters
April 1, 2015<Special Day and Location!!>Structure, Dynamics and Properties of Block Polymer DispersionsFrank S. Bates
April 6, 2015Spring Recess

April 13, 2015

April 20, 2015A New Path for Nanoparticles: Toward Fully Synthetic Protein Mimics and BeyondAlfredo Alexander-Katz
April 24, 2015CancelledChristos Likos
April 27, 2015CancelledJohn Harris
May 4, 2015Combinatorial properties of the six-vertex modelJessica Striker
May 5, 2015<Special Day and Location!!>A Robust Nonlinear Block Copolymer Nanoreactor-Based Strategy to Monodisperse Hairy Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimensions, Compositions and ArchitecturesZhiqun Lin
May 11, 2015Exam Week!



Combinatorial Properties of the Six-Vertex Model

Jessica Striker

Department of Mathematics


Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm.

221 South Engineering

Much work has been happening on the boundary of statistical mechanics and combinatorics in recent years, and, in particular, in the area of lattice models and exactly solvable models. In this talk, we focus on the six-vertex model on the square lattice with domain-wall boundary conditions. Configurations of this model on the n-by-n square lattice are known to be counted by a very nice formula; this long-standing combinatorial conjecture was proved using tools from physics. Moreover, these configurations are in bijection with alternating sign matrices, which are simply-described matrices with entries in {0,1,-1}. Alternating sign matrices exhibit many intriguing combinatorial properties and surprising relationships with other physics models, such as loop percolation. We give a survey of the various connections between alternating sign matrices and statistical physics, along with some very recent work and several open problems.  

A Robust Nonlinear Block Copolymer Nanoreactor-Based Strategy to Monodisperse Hairy Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimensions, Compositions and Architecture.

Dr. Zhiqun Lin

Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


<Special Time!!> Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:00-4:00pm (Refreshments will be served at 2:30).

<Special Location!!>271 Bachellor Technology Center

Nanocrystals exhibit a wide range of unique properties (e.g., electrical, optical, and optoelectronic) that depend sensitively on their size and shape, and are of both fundamental and practical interest. Breakthrough strategies that will facilitate the design and synthesis of a large diversity of nanocrystals with different properties and controllable size and shape in a simple and convenient manner are of key importance in revolutionarily advancing the use of nanocrystals for a myriad of applications in lightweight structural materials, optics, electronics, photonics, optoelctronics, magnetic technologies, sensory materials and devices, catalysis, drug delivery, biotechnology, and among other emerging fields. In this talk, I will elaborate a general and robust strategy for crafting a large variety of functional nanocrystals with precisely controlled dimensions (i.e., plain, core/shell, and hollow nanoparticles) by capitalizing on a new class of unimolecular star-like block copolymers as nanoreactors. This strategy is effective and able to produce organic solvent-soluble and water-soluble monodisperse nanoparticles, including metallic, ferroelectric, magnetic, luminescent, semiconductor, and their core/shell nanoparticles, which represent a few examples of the kind of nanoparticles that can be produced using this technique. The applications of these functional nanocrystals in energy-related applications (i.e., solar cells and photocatalysis) will also be discussed.

Fall 2015 Seminars

August 31, 2015
September 7, 2015<Labour Day>
September 14, 2015


September 21, 2015
September 28, 2015  
October 5, 2015


October 12, 2015 
October 19, 2015 
October 26, 2015 
November 2, 2015
November 9, 2015
November 16, 2015
November 23, 2015
November 30, 2015

December 7, 2015

December 14, 2015<Exam Week!>



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