Hauptseminar Theorie und Simulation der weichen Materie SS 2014

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Seminar (Talks and Discussion)
Date and Time
to be discussed
Institut für Computerphysik, Seminar room 1.079
Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems, Seminar room 5H7 (directions)
Credit Points
2 SWS = 3 CP
Prof. Dr. Christian Holm (ICP)
Dr. Jens Smiatek (ICP)
Dr. Olaf Lenz (ICP)
Dr. Felix Höfling (MPI für Intelligente Systeme)
Dr. Matthias Krüger (MPI für Intelligente Systeme)
Dr. Markus Bier (MPI für Intelligente Systeme)
Course Number
PO 2011: 31620 Hauptseminar in Theoretischer Physik (benoteter Leistungsnachweis)
PO 2010: 28300 Fortgeschrittene Vielteilchentheorie (unbenoteter Leistungsnachweis als Prüfungsvorleistung)
We expect the participants to have fundamental knowledge in classical and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and partial differential equations.


General Topic: Colloids and Liquids

  1. Introduction to Molecular Dynamics and Monte-Carlo Simulations (ICP) [SS 2013]
  2. How to Simulate Ensembles, for example NVT and NPT (ICP)
  3. Theory of Liquids (Markus Bier, MPI-IS) [SS 2013]
  4. Density Functional Theory (Markus Bier, MPI-IS)
  5. Liquid Crystals (Markus Bier, MPI-IS)
  6. Simulations of Liquid Crystals (ICP)
  7. Diffusion in Many-Particle Suspensions (Matthias Krüger, MPI-IS)
  8. Phase Transitions (ICP)
  9. Computing Free Energies (ICP)
  10. Physics of the Glass Transition (Matthias Krüger, MPI-IS)
  11. Brownian Motion (Felix Höfling, MPI-IS)
  12. Hydrodynamic Interactions (Felix Höfling, MPI-IS)
  13. Mesoscopic Hydrodynamic Algorithms (ICP)

Getting the credit points

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

  • All participants have to be present in all talks and play a part in the discussions.
  • Instead of writing a report after the talk, we expect the participants to distribute a handout in the week before and send it to Jens to be put up on the web page.
    • The handout is to be written in English.
    • All participants are expected to read the handout as preparation to the talk.
    • It should describe the contents of the talk, written out in full.
    • It should have 5 to 10 pages.
    • If available, up to three original articles can be attached to the handout.
  • The talk is to be given at the arranged time.
    • The talk is to be held in English.
    • The talk should take 40 to 45 minutes.
    • We recommend to prepare electronic slides for the talk.
    • They can be displayed on your own laptop or on the institute's laptop. In the first case, please check whether the projection works before the actual date, in the latter case, please contact us well beforehand so that we will bring the laptop.
    • After the talk, there will be a discussion on the talk, where all participants are expected to actively contribute.
    • After the discussion, we will give hints on how to improve the presentation.
  • For the participants that require a grade (PO 2011), the following aspects will be important:
    • Quality of the talk (contents, presentation, slides)
    • Quality of the handout (contents, readability)
    • Contributions to the discussion