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Classical dynamic density functional theory: Correlated Brownian motion in colloidal systems

Joachim Dzubiella
Physics Department, Technical University of Munich, Germany


Classical density functional theory (DFT) has been proven to be apowerful mathematical tool to describe the equilibrium structure andphase behavior of correlated many-body systems (e.g., dense colloidal orbiological fluids) in bulk or under the action of external potentials.Using the equilibrium functional a dynamic DFT can be constructed whichaccurately reproduces the strongly inhomogeneous steady-state or eventime-dependent structure of systems in non-equilibrium. This talk aimsat a pedagogical introduction exemplified by simple colloidal systemsout of equilibrium, such as colloidal sedimentation,diffusion-controlled reactions, and driven polymer solutions.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
11:00AM AP&M 2402