Energy driven pattern formation: The good, the bad and the beautiful

When
Start: 09/30/2015 - 4:15pm
End  : 09/30/2015 - 5:15pm

Category
Colloquium

Speaker
Andy Bernoff (Harvey Mudd College)

Abstract

A wide variety of physical and biological systems can be described as continuum limits of interacting particles. Their dynamics can often be described in terms of a monotonically decreasing interaction energy. We show how to exploit these energies numerically, analytically and asymptotically to characterize the observed behavior. Examples are drawn from the dynamics of thin fluid layers including ferrofluids.

Where
Argue Auditorium, Millikan, Pomona College