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How particles order: Structure in colloidal dispersions


The group offers a Master Laboratory for students at the Institute of Physics. This computer lab gives insight into the research in theoretical soft matter physics.


Abstract. Understanding the structure of simple fluids is important for many technological applications - as e.g. liquid crystal displays - as well as processes in our daily life, when ice forms or blood clogs veins. In this computer lab students will study fluids by means of Monte Carlo simulations, on the one hand, and classical density functional theory, on the other hand. The respective pair correlations between the particles will be compared and approximate theories will be tested against the simulation data. The students will employ three important concepts: to run particle-resolved simulations, to find numerical solutions of equations, and to derive analytical expressions. In this lab, students will use prepared codes and scripts to acquire knowledge on programming in C/C++, Mathematica, scripting, and illustrating their results.


Contact. Andreas Härtel (see Research Group)