LEVICH INSTITUTE SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT, 02/11/2004
(Hosted by the Physics Department)

Wednesday, 02/11/2004
12:15 PM
Science Building, Room #418
(Physics Department)

Dr. Robert Deegan
University of Texas at Austin
Center for Nonlinear Dynamics


"Shake and Break: Pattern Formation in Liquids and Solids "


ABSTRACT


Countless experiments show that almost all systems will spontaneously transition to qualitatively new dynamics when driven from equilibrium. The ubiquity of these transitions has yet to be explained. The best hope of addressing this and other broad issues in nonequilibrium systems lies in studying individual problems that are from the forefront of vastly different fields and fascinating in their own right. I will discuss two examples from my research: patterns in vibrated corn starch solution and fractured rubber.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
  • BS, U. Massachusetts, physics, [1991.]
  • PhD, U. Chicago, 1998 Pattern formation in drying drops and the glass transition.
  • Post-doctoral fellow (1999-2000) and Research associate, (2001 - ), U. Texas, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. Pattern formation in solids and liquids.