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April 24, 2013, 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Colloquia

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: Environmental Condensed Matter Physics

Professor Brad Marston
Brown University

The physics of condensed matter provides a unique perspective on materials and systems of environmental relevance.   I discuss three ways in which concepts and methods of condensed matter physics bear upon the quest for a sustainable future.  Electronic devices made from metal oxides may enable new approaches to renewable energy, such as diodes that operate at optical frequencies to directly convert the electromagnetic field of sunlight to current.  Uranium and plutonium found in the nuclear fuel cycle call for the development of accurate methods to model strongly correlated electrons in metals and in solutions.  Planetary atmospheres, oceans, and interiors of stars may also be viewed as condensed matter systems, and described statistically by methods that are inspired by quantum many-body theory.  Live simulations of a model of the solar plasma, and its statistical mechanical solution, will be performed to illustrate the usefulness of this perspective.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2014-2015 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin caustin@pppl.gov
Dennis Mueller, Chair mueller@pppl.gov
Elena Belova, ebelova@pppl.gov
Yuhu Zhai, yzhai@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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