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TVI/TMP-TE1: Soft Matter Physics – Overview

Lecturer

Organization of the lecture:

  • The last regular lecture is on July 6.
  • If you have questions about the lecture notes or the lectures, please come to Office A340, Theresienstr. 37 between 14:00-15:00 on July 11 and July 18.
  • If not stated otherwise, the lecture takes place on
    • Wednesday, 10:15 - 12:00
    • Thursday, 10:15 - 12:00
    • in room A348/349, Theresienstr. 37
  • Credits: 4 SWS lecture + 2 SWS exercise class, 9 ECTS

Exam

  • Exam results
  • An opportunity to look into the exams will be given on July 29th, 10-12am in room A338.

Topics

  • Liquid crystals
  • Surface forces, Capillarity and Wetting
  • Fractal and Scaling concepts for interfacial growth
  • Self-assembly
  • EW and KPZ equations
  • Polymers and gel
  • Viscoelasticity and Linear response theory
  • Jamming and Marginality

Perspective

Over the last decades, Soft Condensed Matter has emerged as a new class of systems, including polymers, liquid crystals, gels, colloids, foams, and granular matter. The central characteristics of such Soft Matter systems are their disordered nature and interactions strengths that are typically of the order of the thermal energy. The rich physical behavior of Soft Matter thus often arises through a competition between entropic and energetic effects. A particular intriguing manifestation of Soft Matter occurs in living systems such as cells and tissues, where non-equilibrium effects can play a major role. These lectures will serve as an introduction to the central theoretical concepts and methods that allow us to understand a broad range of behaviors of Soft Condensed Matter.

Literature

  • Massao Doi, Soft Matter Physics
  • M. Rubenstein and R. Colby, Polymer Physics
  • Chaikin and Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics