initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Ana Achúcarro & Luca Giomi (read about its history)

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Heinrich Jaeger

University of Chicago

June 14

7:30 p.m.


Acoustically Levitated Granular Matter

An intense ultrasound field can be used not only to levitate particles and manipulate their positions, but sound scattered off individual solid objects gives rise to tunable attractive forces that acoustically bind the particles into larger aggregates. For levitation in air, the small viscosity then makes it possible to explore the regime of under damped far-from-equilibrium dynamics in a strongly coupled multi-particle system. I will discuss recent experiments that exploit acoustic levitation to self-assemble small particles into mono layer rafts freely floating in air, while tracking their dynamics with high-speed video imaging. By changing the inter particle spacing and controlling the acoustic energy density, the rafts can transform from close-packed solids into soft lattices that can ‘melt’ into 2D liquids and eventually expand into 3D particle swarms. Along the way, acoustically levitated granular matter provides an exciting new platform to study the nature of instabilities induced by many-body hydrodynamic interactions.

The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium.

Meal registrations may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up.

Colloquium Ehrenfestii Program 2023

29 Mar

Markus Aspelmeyer (University of Vienna)

How does a quantum object gravitate?

14 Jun

Heinrich Jaeger (University of Chicago)

Acoustically Levitated Granular Matter

05 Jul

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)


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