"Landau Theory of Phase Transitions" by Robijn Bruinsma (UCLA)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
(unless otherwise posted)

Guest Speaker: John S. Oghalai (University of California, Los Angeles)

Talk Title:  “Landau Theory of Phase Transitions”


Landau theory has been an extraordinary useful tool for understanding phase transitions such as melting and the onset of magnetism, superfluidity and superconductivity. It explained how non-analyticity can appear in theories that are constructed from analytical functions, how the symmetry of a system can be broken spontaneously, and how a gauge field can acquire mass by coupling to a Higgs field. The colloquium will review some of this history and then turn to the Landau theory of orientational phase transitions in liquid crystals, glasses, and viral capsids.

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Robijn Bruinsma, Prof. Wesley Campbell, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Jay Hauser, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. HongWen Jiang, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. John Miao, Prof. George Morales, Prof. Pietro Musumeci, Prof. Christoph Niemann, Prof. Rene Ong, Prof. James Rosenzweig, Prof. David Saltzberg, and Prof. Jean Turner.


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