Tuesday, March 10, 20091:00 PM - 2:00 PMCNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)|
The Mysterious Glass Transition
James LangerUniversity of California at Santa Barbara
One of the most fascinating mysteries in physics is the nature of the glass transition. Is the transition between a liquid and a glass a true thermodynamic phase transition? What mechanism causes the viscosities of glass-forming liquids effectively to diverge at finite temperatures? What is the connection between this dynamic behavior and the remarkable thermodynamic properties of these materials? In this lecture, I will review earlier theoretical approaches to this subject and present some recent ideas of my own.
Host: Bob Ecke, T-CNLS