Prof. Giorgio Pastore: Physics of liquids gets complex: adapting old tools to new physics
Source: Monday physics colloquium
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Physics of liquids gets complex: adapting old tools to new physics
Prof. Giorgio Pastore, Dipartimento di Fisica Universita' di Trieste - Italia
During the last few decades, most of the interesting problems in the physics of liquids have moved from the so-called simple liquids to more complex systems, driven by the huge increase of interest and the promises of useful applications of newly developed colloidal materials, new classes of liquids, self-assembling systems, biological soft-matter etc. Many computational and theoretical tools had to be tuned and re-deployed in order to deal with the new challenging questions. In this colloquium I'll review some of such issues.
Special emphasize will be put on the problem of modeling interactions and the statistical mechanics approaches to structural and thermodynamic properties. Illustration of the main points will be provided by examples from a few recent problems I have tackled, ranging from molten salts to models for patchy colloids.