Oct
07
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Flows of particulate material, such as sand discharging in an hourglass, are ubiquitous in nature and industry. The flow and transport of granules, powders, or grains is complex and can differ considerably from that associated with a single-phase material. This presentation will highlight some unique features of granular materials (such as the discharge from an orifice) and describe some recent work at Caltech on wave propagation, booming sand dunes, and granular flow rheology.   

Oct
01
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To tie a shoelace into a knot is a relatively simple affair. Tying a knot in a field is a different story, because the whole of space must be filled in a way that matches the knot being tied at the core. The possibility of such localized knottedness in a space-filling field has fascinated physicists and mathematicians ever since Kelvin’s 'vortex atom' hypothesis, in which the atoms of the periodic table were hypothesized to correspond to closed vortex loops of different knot types. Perhaps the most...

Sep
27
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We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual SESICB Southeastern Regional conference will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the midtown district of Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will be held in Technology Square Research Building, Auditorium, located at 85 Fifth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30332. 

The meeting will begin...

Sep
23
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Dark matter plays an important role in our current understanding of the universe.  Low surface brightness spiral galaxies are particularly excellent laboratories for probing the dark matter distribution and placing constraints on theoretical models.  I will discuss the observational techniques used to study these galaxies and their dark matter halos.  I will also discuss how well current dark matter models describe the observations and suggest how they might need to be updated.

Sep
18
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Computational fluid dynamic simulations are providing new insights into the connections between patient-specific hemodynamic flows and the initiation, progression and treatment of cerebral aneurysms. Recent studies linking aneurysm rupture to the formation of vortices have motivated the need for a more fundamental understanding of swirling blood flow patterns and their evolution during the cardiac cycle. In this talk, I describe how dynamical systems theory is being used to advance our knowledge of vortex dynamics within cerebral aneurysms.

Sep
04
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Entanglement has recently emerged as an important conceptual tool in quantum many-body physics.  I will explain why we care about entanglement in quantum matter and why we are interested in the physics of highly ntangled quantum states.  I will also show how entanglement has led us to new phases of matter, new ways to characterize phases and phase transitions, novel numerical techniques, and useful conceptual advances. I will conclude with a discussion of the prospects for measuring...

Sep
03
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Using force spectroscopy mode of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) one can measure physiologically relevant pN forces between an AFM tip and a biomolecule with a mean displacement resolution of about 0.1 nm. The last 15 years have witnessed an explosion of interest in single molecule force spectroscopy fueled by: 1) new possibilities to advance in protein folding, 2) possibilities to elucidate molecular mechanisms of various cellular processes, and diseases, and 3) efforts to understand...

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