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Physics Colloquium: Francois Blanchette (UCM)

September 4, 2015 - 5:30pm

Title: A detailed model of a quantum analog: forced bouncing drops

Drops are known to bounce indefinitely on a vertically oscillated liquid reservoir. In a narrow parameter regime, such drops may also travel horizontally. This system exhibits wave-particle duality, as the behavior of the bouncing drop is influenced by the underlying wave it generates. We propose a detailed model to describe this deterministic system, including interactions between drops and boundaries. We focus on the vertical dynamics of this system, and present extensions of the model to horizontal dynamics. We also describe how the model can be applied in higher and lower dimensions, as well as in complex geometries.



Every Friday 10:45-11:45 a.m., COB 267 (except as noted). Tea and cookies will be served from 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Questions regarding the seminar series should be directed to Prof. Chih-Chun Chien