Materials at Ultra-High PTs: The Coming of Age of Planetary Materials Theory

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm
EE/CS 3-180
Renata Wentzcovitch (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
DFT based approaches permit the determination of structural and thermodynamic properties of materials with sufficiently useful accuracy to allow one to address states and properties of planetary interiors. I will make a brief review of areas in mineral physics problems that have recently experienced much progress and are shedding light on fundamental problems in planetary sciences.

Research supported by NSF/EAR and NSF/ITR programs.