This will be a special series of three short talks presenting a small sample of the exciting research conducted by U-M Physics graduate students.
Benjamin Lawson: Materials can be categorized and described in many different ways - a familiar example is whether they are conductors (can carry electricity) or insulators (cannot carry electricity). Ben will discuss the search for novel materials that do not fit into either of these categories and talk about the properties of some completely new types of matter.
Timothy Olson: The fundamental forces and laws of physics can be thought of as arising from special symmetries of nature. Tim will present a new way of describing some of those symmetries geometrically using volumes of higher-dimensional shapes.
Jenna Walrath: Thermoelectric materials directly convert heat to electricity without any moving parts, offering a way to reliably recover waste heat in systems ranging from power plants to cars. Jenna will explain thermoelectric generators and describe her work studying thermoelectric materials on a nanometer scale with the goal of better understanding methods for increasing efficiency.
All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.
For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437.