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Spatially Varying Liquid Crystal Order: Theory and Simulations

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

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.

Study of the vibrational modes in BeSiN2 and BeGeN2

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Yuheng Liu with Walter Lambrecht
Study of the vibrational modes in BeSiN2 and BeGeN2
The heterovalent, ternary, II-IV-N2 compounds BeGeN2 and BeSiN2 are related to GaN. Conceptually, one can replace two of the four group-III cations surrounding each nitrogen anion by a group II element, and the other two by a group-IV element.   …Read more.

Mechanical Topological Insulators

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

 Mechanical Topological Insulators
Jacob Moran with Harsh Mathur
In this project we will study mechanical topological insulators. Yu and Mathur [1] have found that the elastic modes of bilayer graphene are analogous to the electronic states of topological insulators. …Read more.

Calculation of Magnetic Interactions Between Magnetic Nanoparticles

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Cole Roberg with Rolfe Petschek
Calculation of Magnetic Interactions Between Magnetic Nanoparticles
One problem yet to be completely solved in the world of physics and material science is the ferromagnetic fluid or fluid that has a magnetization outside of external magnetic fields. …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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