Professor John Neumeier from Montana State University will be the featured speaker at a Department of Physics Astronomy colloquium. His talk is titled, "Anisotropic Solids – What makes them interesting and potentially important?"
Over the last 25 years, a good deal of condensed matter physics research has focused on the investigation of anisotropic compounds. These bulk materials possess structural units that might be planar or linear, and coupling between the units is weak. As a result, they have electrical, magnetic, and/or thermal-transport properties that are highly anisotropic. In this colloquium, some of the reasons why this anisotropy leads to exceptional physical properties will be explored and a selection of concrete examples along with measurement methods will be presented.
There will be refreshments starting at 3:30 p.m.