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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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