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Physics Colloquium: Topological Dynamics from life science to metamaterials
Start Date: 10/27/2022Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 10/27/2022End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description
Camelia Prodan
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Mechanical systems can display topological characteristics similar to that of topological insulators. In this talk I am going to present such materials from the microtubule to quasiperiodic crystals. The microtubule, the skeleton of every eukaryotic cell, was proposed to be a topological material with the topological edge modes playing an important role in its functioning. I will present our experimental work geared towards measuring the phonon spectrum of individual microtubule, and mapping the differences between regular and cancerous microtubules. A novel experimental platform based on coupled magnetic spinners will be introduced to visualize the mechanical analogous of Quantum Valley Hall Effect, as well as a new system supporting topological edge modes. Practical applications will be discussed.
Contact Information:
Name: Professor Brigita Urbanc
Phone: 215-895-2726
Email: bu25@drexel.edu
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919 Disque Hall
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