Hauptseminar Theorie und Simulation der weichen Materie WS 2014/2015

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Seminar (Talks and Discussion)
Date and Time
Tu 24.02.2015 - Th 26.02.2015 (alternatively 03.03.2015 - 05.03.2015)
Institut für Computerphysik, Seminar room 1.079
Credit Points
2 SWS = 3 CP
Prof. Dr. Christian Holm (ICP)
Dr. Jens Smiatek (ICP)
Dr. Matthias Krüger (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: Vom Modell zur Materialeigenschaft

Hard-sphere systems:

  • Linear-response theory
  • Mode-Coupling theory for hard spheres
  • Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations of hard sphere systems
  • Hard sphere solutions in the limit of high and dilute concentrations

Polymers and Polyelectrolytes:

  • Theory of polymers: efficient description of polymers in analytical calculations
  • Theory of polymer dynamics: Rouse- vs. Zimm regime (Hydrodynamic interactions)
  • Polymer simulations in presence and in absence of hydrodynamic interactions
  • Polymer melts and polymers in high concentrated solutions

Ionic Liquids (ILs):

  • QM DFT simulations of ILs - what can be learned about polarization
  • Atomistic simulation models: Polarizable versus classical force fields
  • Coarse-grained simulation models: What is left to be learned
  • Dnamical properties of ionic liquids

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 the seminar and send it to Jens Smiatek 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 8 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