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Statistical physics of active matter: pushing, walking and jamming together

Date:  Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

Location: 100 Willamette Hall

Speaker: Julien Tailleur, CNRS-Universite Paris Diderot

Abstract: Active materials are driven out of thermal equilibrium at the microscopic scale, where individual units dissipate energy stored in the environment to inject momentum into the system. These energetical and mechanical drives endow active systems which a rich phenomenology, unmatched in passive systems. In this colloquium, I will review how statistical mechanics approaches account for the emerging properties of active materials, focusing in


Jayanth Banavar will assume his appointment as a professor in the UO’s Department of Physics

Dear University of Oregon community:

I am writing to let you know that Jayanth Banavar will complete his service as provost and senior vice president as of July 1. In stepping back from his academic leadership position, Jayanth, a renowned physicist, will assume his appointment as a professor in the UO’s Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am delighted that he will continue to be part of the UO community.

I want to thank Jayanth for his distinguished service as provost over the last two years. He has served in one of the most challenging executive roles at any


UO team makes artificial atoms that work at room temp

Ultra-secure online communications, completely indecipherable if intercepted, are a step closer with the help of a recently published discovery by University of Oregon physicist Ben Alemán.

Alemán, a member of the UO’s Center for Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Science, has made artificial atoms that work in ambient conditions. The research, published in the journal Nano Letters, could be a big step in efforts to develop secure quantum communication networks and all-optical quantum computing.

“The big breakthrough is that we’ve discovered a simple, scalable way to nanofabricate