Title: The Allure of Active Matter
Abstract: For some years now, the study of matter whose constituents -- active particles -- turn an energy supply into work has been a dominating presence on the landscape of soft-matter and nonequilibrium physics. My first lecture will introduce the subject and present highlights of recent as well as key earlier work with students and colleagues. The remaining lectures will discuss selected topics in more detail, draw connections to other problems in the physics of driven systems, and identify important future directions.
Lecture 1: 06 November 2023, 16:00 to 17:30
Lecture 2: 07 November 2023, 16:00 to 17:30
Lecture 3: 08 November 2023, 16:00 to 17:30
About the speaker:
Sriram Ramaswamy is a theoretician with broad interests in nonequilibrium, soft matter, and biological physics. His research helped found the field of Active Matter, which studies the collective behavior of objects, such as motile organisms, that convert local energy input into autonomous motion. Sriram has been on the physics faculty of the Indian Institute of Science since 1986 (currently Hon Prof and J C Bose National Fellow). He was the Centre Director of TIFR Hyderabad during 2012-16. Sriram has a BS (High Hons, 1977) from the Univ of Maryland and a PhD (1983) from the Univ of Chicago, and did his postdoctoral research at the Univ of Pennsylvania (1983-86). He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2000) and the Infosys Prize (2011), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.
This lecture series is part of the discussion meeting "Active Matter and Beyond".