Hauptseminar Active Matter SS 2015

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Seminar (Talks and Discussion)
Date and Time
weekly during the SS 2015, exact dates tba.
Institut für Computerphysik, room tba
Credit Points
2 SWS = 3 CP (ECTS)
Prof. Dr. Clemens Bechinger (2. PI)
Dr. Juan Ruben Gomez-Solano (2. PI)
Prof. Dr. Christian Holm (ICP)
Dr. Joost de Graaf (ICP)
Course Number
We expect the participants to have fundamental knowledge in classical and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and partial differential equations.
Application (=Anmeldung) for the Seminar. Please write an email to Joost de Graaf until December 1. On December 10th at 13.15h at the ICP (seminar room 1.095) there will be a meeting to gauge the interest of the students, discuss the topics, and handle the topic assignment. Topics must be chosen before December 15.
There will be organizational meeting that will be mandatory to all participants in February 2015, probably during the first week of the winter break to discuss topics and style and other requirements.


General Topic: Driven and self-propelled colloidal particles

The (T) or (E) after the talk title indicate if this topic would count towards an experimental or theoretical Seminar certificate:

(T): Theoretical Seminar Talk (E): Experimental Seminar Talk

Getting the credit points

To get the credit points for the seminar, the following criteria should be met:

  • All participants must:
    • Make the first appointment with their supervisor 2 months (a minimum of 8 weeks) before giving their talk
    • Have read the literature provided on the website/by the supervisor before this first meeting
    • Hand in a draft of their presentation 1 month (a minimum of 4 weeks) before giving their talk
    • Give a trial talk 2 weeks in advance of their public talk and hand in their final draft of the handout
    • Give their talk at the arranged time
    • Be present at all talks
    • Take part in the discussions following the talks
  • The handout:
    • Consists of 8 to 10 A4 pages (incl. pictures; 10 pt font, single space text)
    • Describes the contents of the talk, written out in full
    • Is written for the other participants
    • Is written in English
  • The talk:
    • Consists of material pertaining to the topic
    • Has a length of 45 minutes
    • Is prepared in electronic form
    • Is held in English
  • Participants are graded according to:
    • The quality of the trial talk and final draft of the hand out (50%)
    • The quality of the final presentation (25%)
    • The level of participation in the discussion (25%)