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The Glassy State

Novel properties and applications exploiting non-crystallinity: golf, frozen frogs, memory

Professor Lindsay Greer, University of Cambridge

Venue: Bath University - Building 3 WN Room 2.1 (3 WN 2.1)

Tuesday October 15th, 2013 at 19:30

In crystals, the atoms are neatly lined up and ordered. In glasses they are jumbled, and that has perhaps made them unattractive for study. But amends are being made: modern studies show the wide range of possibilities for exploiting the glassy state ó and that state is certainly not confined to conventional silicate systems (familiar in windows, spectacles and, it is rumoured, drinking vessels). This talk will focus on more exotic glassy systems. A few of these will be presented, touching on such questions as: how to do better at golf, how not to freeze (or indeed desiccate) to death, and how to improve your (computerís) memory. The scientific focus is on the comparison of, and transitions between, crystalline and glassy states: the aim is to show that these are not only of fundamental scientific interest; they have important practical applications in structures, medicine and information technology.

Members and non-members are welcome.

Heroes and exemplars of the glassy state in action
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Lindsay Greer is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge.

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