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

Topic Speaker Tutor
Introduction to Molecular Dynamics and Monte-Carlo Simulations (ICP) [SS 2013] NN Joost de Graaf
Theory of Liquids [SS 2013] NN Markus Bier
Density Functional Theory [SS 2013] Sebastian Weber Markus Bier
Theory of Liquid Crystals [SS 2013] Mona Stadler Markus Bier
Simulations of Liquid Crystals Dominic Klein ICP
Brownian Motion [SS 2013] Dominik Günther Felix Höfling
Diffusion in Many-Particle Suspensions [SS 2013] Jonas Landsgesell Matthias Krüger
Hydrodynamic Interactions [SS 2013] Michael Kuron Felix Höfling
Mesoscopic Hydrodynamic Algorithms Sascha Ehrhardt Georg Rempfer
Phase Transitions Fabian Pfister ICP
Physics of the Glass Transition Andreas Baumgartner Matthias Krüger
Computing Free Energies Julian Michalowsky 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