Condensed and Living Matter Seminars

Upcoming Condensed and Living Matter Seminars

Past Condensed and Living Matter Seminars

Condensed Matter Seminar: Roller-Coaster in a Flatland: Magnetoresistivity in Eu-intercalated Graphite

Dr. Sasha Chernyshev (University of California, Irvine)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Novel phenomena in magnetically-intercalated graphite has been a subject of much research in the 1980s, with the most enigmatic findings of that era being a dramatic, roller-coaster-like behavior of the…

Condensed Matter Seminar: Cell motility and shape as a playground for physics

Brian Camley (Johns Hopkins University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Cells crawl and reorganize in the body to perform their functions, ranging from white blood cells finding bacteria to skin cells closing over a wound. These behaviors provide huge opportunities for…

Condensed Matter Seminar: Quantum geometry in semiconductor heterostructures

Raquel Querioz (Columbia University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Quantum geometry quantifies the momentum space textures of the Bloch wavefunctions and impacts substantially the physics of multiband systems. This is also true for van der Waals semiconductors, which are…

Condensed Matter Seminar: Self-Organization of Wave-Matter Composite Systems

David Grier (New York University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Optical tweezers and acoustic traps use forces exerted by waves to confine small objects in three dimensions and to transport them along pre-programmed trajectories. This is not the end of the story…

Condensed Matter Seminar: Granular and Active: Findings and behavior in many fire-ant systems

Alberto Fernandez-Nieves (U Barcelona)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Experiments with fire-ant columns reveal similarities and differences with granular columns. For granular columns, we will show that narrowing the column diameter can result in novel…