Soft Condensed Matter

 

Instructor: Reza Ejtehadi

Time: Sunday and Tuesday, 10:30 12:00

Room: Physics 412

 

First lecture: Sunday, September 25st, 2005 (3 Mehr)

Last lecture: Sunday, January 2th, 2006 (11 Day)

 

What does soft matter mean?

If you are not a "search engine", "spy tool", or "machine viewer" then you are a "soft matter machine".
To have a better idea about what is categorized as soft matter I recommend you to read following articles:

1.     M. E. Cate, Soft Condensed Matter, cond-mat/0411650.

2.     P. G. de Gennes, Soft Matter, Rev. Mod. Phys. 64, 645 (1992).

3.     T. A. Witten, Insights from soft condensed matter, Rev. Mod. Phys. 71, S367 (1999).

Text books:

Soft Condensed Matter by Richard A L Jones.
Principles of Condensed Matter Physics by P M Chaikin, T C Lubensky (sections 1,2 and 6).
Statistical Thermodynamics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Membranes by A Safran.

 

Further reading:

Soft Matter Physics: An Introduction by Maurice Kleman, Oleg D Laverntovich.
Biological Physics by Philip Nelson.
Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants by Thomas A Witten.
Intermolecular and Surface Forces by J N Israelachvili.

 

Syllabus:

This is the first time that I am going to lecture this course. I hope to be able to cover following subjects. The list is not time ordered.

        Soft matter

        Phase transition

        Colloids

        Polymers and Gels

        Liquid Crystals

        Self assembly

        wetting

        Membranes

        Electrostatics

        Biological macromolecules

 

Marking:

       Homework 40%

       Final exam 60%

       Bonus; demonstrations 10%

 

Midterm exam:

       (Takehome)
Interaction between two coloidal particles with radial anchoring boundry condition in a nematic liquid crystal. Following papers may be found helpful.

o      http://scitation.aip.org/getpdf/servlet/GetPDFServlet?filetype=pdf&id=PLEEE8000069000004041706000001&idtype=cvips&prog=normal

o      http://scitation.aip.org/getpdf/servlet/GetPDFServlet?filetype=pdf&id=PLEEE8000065000002021709000001&idtype=cvips&prog=normal

o      http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PRE/v55/i3/p2958_1

       Due time: 84/9/29

Final exam:

       Take home

       Due: January 10th, 5:00 PM