Energy-driven pattern formation: Optimal crystals

Dr F. Theil (University of Warwick)

Friday 26th April, 2013 16:00-17:00 Mathematics 516


It is amazing that even very complicated molecules like proteins have a crystalline solid phase. A satisfactory theoretical understanding of why periodic pattern are ubiquitous, and which patterns are selected, is not yet available. I will give examples where periodicity is expected to emerge as a consequence from energy minimization and discuss recent rigorous mathematical results for simplified mathematical models.

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