Granular Phases

Steel spheres move on a plate. The “thermostat ” is a vibrating wall, following a sine law with frequency 20 Hz . Weak gravity (the plate has a small angle of inclination) draws the spheres toward the vibrating wall. In 5 minutes, slowly increasing the amplitude, the many “phases” of a granular material are explored, from an almost perfect crystal, through several liquid/turbulent/convective regimes, up to a gas-solid coexistence.… Read the rest


New density functionals for the electronic structure of correlated materials

Founding Body: Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Total grant: € k
Principal Investigator: José Lorenzana
Other participants:
Project duration: 2010-2013
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