FY8203 - Soft Condensed Matter
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2016/2017
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
|Evaluation form||Weighting||Duration||Examination aids||Grade deviation|
|Home examination||80/100||2 days|
The course is given every other year, next time spring 2018. The physics of soft condensed matter involves materials that are easily deformable by externally applied stresses, by electric or magnetic fields, or simply by thermal fluctuations, The level of description for such complex materials typically starts at the nano scale, i.e. at scales much larger than atomic or molecular scales, and the structure and dynamics at the nano scale determine macroscopic physical properties at the human scale. One overall goal of research into this growing field of science is thus to probe and understand the relationship between nano scale and macro scale physics. The materials under study include both natural, synthetic and biological materials, and the broad range of research interests range from fundamental physics to technological applications, from basic materials questions to problems related to oil and gas technology cosmetics, household products, agriculture, food, design of nanostructured materials or surfaces, biological systems and materials, etc.
The following general and popularized literature may be recommended as background:
The student is expected to obtain a theoretical understanding of the physics of soft condensed matter, from nanoparticles and interactions on the nanoscale to soft materials dynamics and stability on the macro scale. Further, obtain a theoretical and partly practical insight into parts of some experimental techniques that are relevant for studies of soft material physics, like for example microscopy, scattering techniques (light, X-ray. neutron), rheometry and special purpose table-top" eksperiments.
Learning methods and activities
Guided self study, lectures given by the course professors and by invited international experts, colloquia given by students, groupwork than can be laboratory based, written home exam.
- Study groups by students
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
One or more of the following courses:
FY1001 Mekanisk fysikk, FY1003 Elektrisitet og magnetism, FY1005 Termisk fysikk, FY3106 Faseoverganger og kritiske fenomener, TFY4102, TFY4104, TFY4106, TFY4109, TFY4115, TFY4125 Fysikk, TFY4145 Mekanisk fysikk, TFY4155 Elektrisitet og magnetismem, TFY4165 Termisk fysikk,
TFY4170 Fysikk 2, TFY4230 Statistisk fysikk, TFY4240 Elektromagnetisk teori, TFY4245 Faststoff-fysikk, videregående kurs, TFY4255 Materialfysikk, TFY4275 Klassisk transportteori, TFY4310 Molekylær biofysikk, TFY4330 Nanoverktøy, TFY4335 Bionanovitenskap, TFY4340 Nanofysikk, TFY4345 Klassisk mekanikk
Required previous knowledge
General basic physics: Classical physics, mechanics including fluidmechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics
The course material will be decided well before semester start, and will in addition to recently published scientific papers, be collected from for example:
"Soft Matter Physics", Masao Doi, Ocford University Press 2014
"Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science", Linda S. Hirst, CRC Press 2012
"Intermolecular and Surface Forces: With Applications to Colloidal and Biological Systems" J. Israelachvili, Revised 3rd ed. Academic Press 2011
"Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants", Thomas A. Witten, Oxford University Press, 2004
"Soft Matter Physics: An Introduction" M. Kleman and O.D. Lavrentovich, Springer Verlag 2003
"Statistical Thermodynamics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Membranes" , Samuel A. Safran, Westview Press, 2003
"Soft Condensed Matter", R.A.L. Jones, Oxford University Press Inc. 2002
"Introduction to Soft Matter: Polymers, Colloids, Amphiphiles and Liquid Crystals" I.W. Hamley, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2000
"Principles of Condensed Matter Physics", P. M. Chaikin and T. C. Lubensky, Cambrdge Universty Press, 2000
Sands, Powders and Grains: An Introduction to the Physics of Granular Materials, J. Duran, Springer Verlag 2000
"The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids" Ronald G. Larson, Oxford University Press 1999
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
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- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.