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Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations

Date posted: October 17th, 2017

Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations
Gavin-Rae Barnaby with Rolfe Petschek
Hard Tetrahedra and shapes close to hard tetrahedra pack well when they are oriented in ways different from their neighbors.  …Read more.

Dirac theory of topological insulator boundaries

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Joseph Flannery with Harsh Mathur
Dirac theory of topological insulator boundaries
A topological insulator is a material that behaves as an insulator in its interior but whose surface contains bound conducting states.  …Read more.

Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of Many Non-Interacting Fermions

Date posted: May 1st, 2014

Edwin Bernardoni with Rolfe Petschek
Optimization of the Static First Hyperpolarizibility of Many Non-Interacting Fermions

Large non-linear electronic polarizabilities would be advantageous for a variety of devices and have been intensely studied for around three decades. …Read more.

Conductors as a model for elliptical coffee stains

Date posted: May 1st, 2013

Mason Eastman with Harsh Mathur
Conductors as a model for elliptical coffee stains

In electrostatics, conductors exhibit a number of interesting properties. Among these is the ‘lightning rod’ effect, whereby electric fields are significantly greater near areas of high curvature. …Read more.

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